Bee & Me

Elle J. McGuinness, Author, Heather Brown, Illustrator , illus. by Heather Brown. Andrews McMeel/Accord $16.99 (28p) ISBN 978-0-7407-7734-9

A book that will draw inevitable—and not necessarily favorable—comparisons to Rufus Butler Seder’s Gallop! and Swing! , this story boasts color pictures in inset panels that appear to move as the pages are turned. The animations—a dog chasing a bee, a daisy opening its petals—provide a “wow” factor, but unexceptional rhyming verse and illustrations weigh down the project. An anthropomorphized honeybee is chased by a dog into a house, where she is trapped after a frightened boy shuts the window. The bee begs for his aid, explaining how bees help plants, trees and flowers grow (“And then from her eye came a big, shiny tear./ 'We just want to help but you all run in fear’ ”). The animated panels are not especially well integrated, and a list of facts about bees is at odds with the fanciful depictions of a four-legged bee with big blue eyes. Ages 4–up. (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 10/27/2008
Release date: 10/01/2008
Genre: Children's
Hardcover - 12 pages - 978-0-7407-9362-2
Board Books - 14 pages - 978-1-4494-4371-9
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