From School Library Journal
PreS-K-Bear has never seen bees before but he describes them as terrible monsters. "They are big, and they have large teeth, and they have sharp claws, and they never share their honey!" Bear learns to appreciate the qualities of bees (and bears) when he unexpectedly meets one for the first time. The bee points out that Bear has described himself, leaving him in despair until Bee reveals his own identity. Their humorous conversation, which remedies Bear's prejudice, ends with a shared meal of honey between two new friends. Digitally colored pen-and-ink illustrations depict close-ups of the characters against a simple spring background of turquoise skies, yellow-green grass, and sprightly flowers. The minimal text is comprised of dialogue between the two characters. Expressive words appear in boldface type. The starry scene at the end of the book makes this story a good choice for bedtime as well.-Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canadaα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Bear wakes up hungry from hibernation, and the only food source in sight is a beehive. When the bee on top of the hive offers up his honey, Bear says, But what about the bee? See, Bear doesn’t actually know what a bee is—it’s certainly not the creature he is talking to—and his preconceived notions about bees include that they’re terrible monsters! with large teeth and sharp claws. As Bee rightly points out, Bear has large teeth and sharp claws. This leads to the funniest moment in the book, when Bear has a horrific realization: I AM A BEE! Of course, all is sorted in the end, and honey is shared. This sweet, if slight, story cleverly begins on the endpapers, which depict snowfall, followed by a hibernating bear, and then a thaw on the title page. Ruzzier’s unlikely friends, rendered in pen-and-ink and colored digitally, are charmers with stylish taste in footwear: Bee wears nothing but high-tops and Bear, red slides. The anti-snap-judgment message is wrapped in cuteness, making it just right for the preschool set. Preschool-Grade 1. --Ann Kelley