Honey

By: David Ezra Stein

Bear is ravenous when he wakes up from his winter sleep and has one thing on his mind: honey!

ISBN: 9781524737863

JLG Release: Jun 2018


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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
The curious young bear from Leaves returns for “his second year,” fresh from hibernation and eager for the taste of honey. Though he can remember it perfectly, “spicy, aromatic, sparkling with sunlight,” he soon realizes that it’s too early in the season to find any honey. In the mean
[STARRED REVIEW]
The curious young bear from Leaves returns for “his second year,” fresh from hibernation and eager for the taste of honey. Though he can remember it perfectly, “spicy, aromatic, sparkling with sunlight,” he soon realizes that it’s too early in the season to find any honey. In the meantime, the other delights of spring and summer beckon, and the bear relishes warm grass, bursting berries, and rushing rain as he waits for the telltale buzz that heralds his favorite treat. Highlighting the natural greens and golds of summer, Stein’s pen-and-watercolor illustrations are suffused with loose, childlike exuberance, while their relatively small scale (each page is bordered with ample white space) invites a sense of intimacy, drawing readers into the bear’s anticipation and eventual satisfaction. Throughout, the art balances the straightforward sensory details of the text, with some actions described and others—such as a well-deserved bee sting on the nose—purely visual (“Busy bees don’t like to be bothered.”). VERDICT A seasonal read with storytime potential and staying power, Honey is not to be missed.—Rebecca Honeycutt, NoveList, Durham, NC

Horn Book

"This follow-up to the author-illustrator’s Leaves (2007) may come over a decade later, but it’s as if little time has passed: 'It was his second year,' the book opens—and there’s ebullient Bear, waking from hibernation and declaring, 'I’m back!' Bear’s stomach grumbles, but it’s too early in the year for honey. He patiently keeps bus "This follow-up to the author-illustrator’s Leaves (2007) may come over a decade later, but it’s as if little time has passed: 'It was his second year,' the book opens—and there’s ebullient Bear, waking from hibernation and declaring, 'I’m back!' Bear’s stomach grumbles, but it’s too early in the year for honey. He patiently keeps busy under the 'fat clouds' and 'hot and still' days of spring and early summer, trying his best (but failing) to forget that it’s not yet time for his favorite snack. Stein captures Bear’s wide-eyed enthusiasm for discovering the natural world around him, as Bear eagerly puts all his senses to work—smelling the 'warm grass,' feeling the sticky sap, playing in the rain, and more. The use of repetition ('it was too soon for honey') and the steady pacing, which then accelerates once Bear finally hears buzzing bees, make for compelling page-turns. Stein’s clean page design and uncluttered compositions keep the focus on the endearing protagonist, who is depicted in relaxed, carefree lines, with warm yellows and greens dominating the pages. Stein’s writing is filled with vivid descriptors—gold meadows, bursting berries, 'slowly flowing' and 'aromatic' honey. Any toddler who has ever waited patiently (or not-so-patiently) for something will relate to the sight of Bear racing toward the bees ('Ouch!'). Once single-minded Bear does get the honey, readers can’t help but rejoice with him as he delights in it. Simply delicious." -Julie Danielson, Horn Book

Book Details

ISBN

9781524737863

First Release

June 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

9 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

32

Accelerated Reader

Level 2.4; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level AD550L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Nancy Paulsen

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

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