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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Series: Bear and Bee
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (March 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423159578
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423159575
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #449,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

From Booklist

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

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The illustrations are simple and adorable, perfect for reading aloud.
Valerie A. Baute
This is a good story to read for fun and it has a good message that I'm sure children will figure out.
Library Lady
I bought this book at a book fair to benefit the Princeton, NJ library today.
Michele S.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Valerie A. Baute on April 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
After snoozing all winter, the world is springing to life. Bear puts on his flip flops (yes, flip flops! How adorable.) and heads out to calm the hungry rumble in his belly. He comes across a honey bee hive. But bears are afraid of bees! Bear hopes he doesn't see a bee, and thankfully a little friend is there to help him figure out how to get the honey. Bear already has an idea of what a bee looks like in his head, and he is quite surprised when he finds out exactly what his new friend is.

Bear and Bee is a wonderful story about discovering the world around you with an open mind. What you are expecting isn't always what happens, so don't judge things (or people, or animals) before you have all of the details. Add in an ending that teaches how great it is to share. The illustrations are simple and adorable, perfect for reading aloud. The story is short enough to read to young children but funny enough to keep the older children listening. This one made me laugh out loud as well as get that warm fuzzy feeling inside. After one trial run reading it to a group of pretty young preschoolers, I know for sure that this is a story time hit!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Library Lady on April 19, 2013
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Bear and Bee is a wonderful book to teach children about being open minded and to except and appreciate differences in others. It is such a sweet story about bear being afraid of something he doesn't understand. After he learns more about bee and finds he has nothing to fear he ends up with a new friend. This is a good story to read for fun and it has a good message that I'm sure children will figure out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob Walch on April 9, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is a cautionary tale about never being so busy that you don't have time to spend with a friend. Bee and Bear are friends but Bee is so busy caring for his garden, cooking and doing other chores around his hive that when Bear invites him to play, Bee always says, "No thank you, I'm too busy." (as in "Busy as a bee !!!)

When the shoe is on the other foot and Bee wants Bear to join him watching a full moon you can guess what happens. Yup, Bear is too busy ! All ends well, though, and the two friends work everything out.

With all due respect I'm not sure where some other folks on this review site got the impression that Bear is afraid of bees or that these two characters are not friends. They were buzzing around the wrong hive I fear...but no matter. The reviewers were both correct when they said children will love this nicely illustrated book.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michele S. on September 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book at a book fair to benefit the Princeton, NJ library today. I thought it was so cute. The illustrations were extremely well done. It's bright and colorful. A great book for early readers. I liked the moral of the story as well. I was lucky that I was able to get the book autographed by the author as well. I will be purchasing more from this author in the future. I would recommend this for any children in your life!
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More About the Author

My website: http://www.ruzzier.com
My blog: http://www.ruzzier.com/category/blog/

I was born in Milan, Italy, in 1966.
I grew up reading comics and picture books.
Among my favorite books were the Minarik/Sendak's Little Bear series, Bruno Munari's "Cappuccetto Verde" ("Little Green Riding Hood"), and Dino Buzzati's "La famosa invasione degli orsi in Sicilia".
As a young teenager, I discovered and fell in love with the old American comics: Krazy Kat, Popeye, Dick Tracy, and many more.
At the same time, I was surrounded and fascinated by Medieval and Early Renaissance art, especially Giotto, Simone Martini, Ambrogio and Pietro Lorenzetti, and many other wonderful, lesser-known painters and illuminators. But before all this, my first, true love was for Hieronymus Bosch. I spent hours studying his paintings in a book that now shows more wear than any other, in my father's well-supplied art library.

In 1989 I started to collaborate to the Italian leading comics magazine "Linus", with a series of comic strips, and then I went on to create the character Bruno, for "Lupo Alberto Magazine".

In 1994 I came to New York, where I immediately had the fortune to receive my first editorial commission from The New Yorker. That very drawing, an imaginary portrait of Dante Alighieri, was chosen the same year by American Illustration. From then on, I began my career as an editorial illustrator.
But what I really wanted to do was picture books, and I tried to enter that world. Compare to Italy, the American market offered an incredible quantity and variety of books, and I was excited to discover Arnold Lobel, Edward Gorey, James Marshall, William Steig...
It was not easy at the beginning getting the attention and the trust of editors and art directors, but then I had the luck to meet Frances Foster, and later Laura Geringer, Christy Ottaviano, Neal Porter, and others, who believed in my sensibility and graciously gave me the opportunity to show my ideas and my imagination on the printed page.

In 2011, Maurice Sendak invited me to spend one month at his place in Connecticut as one of that year's Sendak Fellows.


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