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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 420L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (July 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416949259
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416949251
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreSchool-Grade 2—Buzz loves everything about being a bee, especially her ability to fly. Then a storm blows a sheet of newspaper her way, and the little creature is horrified by the headline: "Professor Declares Bees Can't Fly." Even though the rest of the article is torn away, Buzz believes the professor is right. And, of course, now that she's convinced she can't fly, all her attempts to take off end in failure. When a fire threatens Old Owl's life and walking proves too slow, though, Buzz forgets the article, takes to the air, and saves the day. This thin plot and abrupt resolution make for a less than satisfying read. Buzz's sudden inability to fly, her lightning-fast recovery of her powers, and Old Owl's need to be warned his tree is burning stretch credibility. While the rhyme, alliteration, and close-ups depicted in the large oil cartoon illustrations may provide some interest, youngsters might be better served learning some factual information about bees in Gail Gibbons's The Honey Makers (Morrow, 1997).—Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT
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Buzz is a happy bumblebee who loves honey, clover, and her hive, but especially flying. Sometimes she swoops low to visit Snail, and sometimes she swoops high to visit Old Owl in his tree—until the day she spies a piece of newspaper with the headline BEES CAN'T FLY. Totally demoralized, Buzz is lamenting her plight to Snail when they both smell smoke and realize that Owl's tree is on fire. Buzz runs to help her friend with one panicked thought: Bees can't fly! Bees can't fly! But her concern for Owl overwhelms her insecurity as she finds herself flying—right into Owl's ear, saving both of them. ‘Of course you can fly,' said Owl. ‘You're a bee. Bees fly.' Delightful mixed-media illustrations incorporate painted oils and Photoshop to show the pixie-faced Buzz and stage the uncluttered story line with gentle and luminous images. This is a honey of a story with the simple message: be(e) who you are. Preschool-Grade 1. --Julie Cummins

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I didnt know about this myth that 'Buzz cant fly'. That aside, the illustrations and clear pictures of the sky, mountains, hills and brambles make it an amazing game to identify. The elements of the illustrations in each page are limited, so its easy to get your toddler to interact with it, by pointing to and asking them to tell what they see. Buzz has friends she care about and swoops to them high and low, as they are not all who can fly. In an emergency, she 'rises' up to the situation despite the professors's words.
For grownups, this will lead you to a concept called 'Dynamic Stall' that begins with “Aerodynamic bodies subjected to pitching motions or oscillations exhibit a stalling behavior different from that observed when the flow over a wing at a fixed angle of attack separates”.
Oh well, I think you will like the Buzz saving his friend at the end of the day better..
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Our preschoolers love us reading Buzz to them. We love it because it gives us an opportunity to reinforce never giving up and not listening to others when they tell you that you can not do something. Just put your mind to it and you can. My grandchild likes me to read it each time he comes over. It is now becoming a repeat for my other grandchildren. I will order more books from this author. Cheryl
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