In an era where bees are endangered and many children seem not to take time away from screens of one type or another to enjoy the pleasures of a garden, this book is a breath of fresh air.
The concept of the story seems simple – a little girl longs for a puppy and finds an unusual alternative – but there is an underlying message of hope and acceptance in this story that is very positive and encouraging for children. It is a very good thing to open our children’s minds to things that are out of the ordinary, and to teach them that even among friends who are very different, we can have surprising similarities.
The illustrations are cheerful, colourful and varied so that the book remains engaging for younger readers throughout the story.
This story also comes with helpful information about how to provide for bees in the garden and avoiding some of the things that might be harmful to them.
This would be a delightful book for families to read together, or for more independent reading as children get a little older. It would also be a valuable addition to school and town libraries.
‘Bea & Bee’ has been awarded a Gold Acorn.
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