Give Bees a Chance

By: Bethany Barton

In this enthusiastic, hands-­on approach to bees, the book’s narrator will convince the pizza-­loving bee skeptic—and you—of just how cool bees really are. Author’s note. Full-color illustrations created with ink and digitally.

ISBN: 9780670016945

JLG Release: Sep 2017


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Bees , Humorous stories , Insects, spiders, etc , Science and nature

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

Barton employs the same style as in her award-winning book I’m Trying To Love Spiders, but this time bees are the topic. Readers are introduced to Edgar, a slightly thumb-shaped boy with a curlicue of hair. Edgar doesn’t like bees, mainly because he doesn’t want to be stung. The narrator tries to convince him of the insects Barton employs the same style as in her award-winning book I’m Trying To Love Spiders, but this time bees are the topic. Readers are introduced to Edgar, a slightly thumb-shaped boy with a curlicue of hair. Edgar doesn’t like bees, mainly because he doesn’t want to be stung. The narrator tries to convince him of the insects’ good qualities, yet Edgar continues to fret about their stingers and venom sacs. But facts about how long bees have lived on Earth and how they pollinate flowers and produce honey start to amaze Edgar. When he learns about dwindling bee populations, he decides that planting some bee-friendly flowers and keeping peace with them are pretty sweet alternatives to being frightened. The comical pen drawings with pastel-colored backgrounds, created using Adobe Photoshop, are visually pleasing. Childlike print in various sizes adds pizzazz, and the overall look is attractive. Barton explains that she has taken liberties with her bees, as they have only two legs in most of the illustrations instead of six. (The endpapers offer a more accurate depiction of different species.) Given the number of unloved animals and insects, Barton has an endless supply of subject matter to continue this refreshing, fun format. VERDICT A must for the lighter side of nonfiction. A great way to introduce bees to elementary students.—Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio

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The main character of this book—a cartoon boy named Edgar, eyes opened wide in amusingly fearful and skeptical facial expressions—definitely doesn’t like bees. This gives the (offstage) narrator an opportunity to make the case for bees’ importance, turning facts and figures about the insect into a funny, approachable pro-bee The main character of this book—a cartoon boy named Edgar, eyes opened wide in amusingly fearful and skeptical facial expressions—definitely doesn’t like bees. This gives the (offstage) narrator an opportunity to make the case for bees’ importance, turning facts and figures about the insect into a funny, approachable pro-bee argument. The topics covered range from anatomy basics and how honey is made to what beekeepers do and the critical role bees play in pollinating crops. Detailed attention to bee stings—Edgar’s biggest fear—may not convince the bee-phobic to shed all their anxieties, but does explain why and how stings happen. The illustrations add to the casualness of the narrative, combining markerlike sketches of emotive bees and people with cheerful background splashes and scribbles of color, sometimes abstract, sometimes representing honeycombs and the flowers, fruits, and vegetables that depend so heavily on bees for their continued existence. The endpapers contain more-detailed and accurate images of many different bee species. danielle j. ford

Book Details

ISBN

9780670016945

First Release

September 2017

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

9 1/2" x 10 1/2"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 3.6; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 2.3; Points: 3;

Lexile

Level AD590L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Viking

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Bees, Humorous stories, Insects, spiders, etc, Science and nature,

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