In a city park, a small girl and a young bee come face-to-face. She wants to pick berries. The bee wants nectar. Simple, bouncing rhymes switch from the child�s viewpoint (When I come home / we�ll make a treat, / sweet jam on toast / for me to eat) to the bee�s voice (We�ll make honey / when I come home / sweet honey to fill our honeycomb). The whimsical, uncluttered watercolor-and-pencil illustrations show each character busy at first, then scared of the other, and finally safe and satisfied on their way home. The dramatic close-ups show the bee next to the kid�s nose, and even as preschoolers recognize that bees can be scary, they can also talk with adults about the larger issues of cooperation and conservation: bees and people can happily coexist, as long as there are plenty of vines / for us to share. Preschool. --Hazel Rochman
About the Author
Melita Morales is an art educator, artist, performing arts presenter, and art house curator. She holds degrees in art and secondary school education and
teaches art at Marin County Day School. About her first books, she writes: "I often watch students and adults jump up from a picnic and sprint away from
food to escape a buzzing bee. The book arose from an understanding that bees are critical to our biodiversity. Besides that, they give us the delicious treat of honey!" This is her first book.
Laura J. Bryant was born and raised in south Florida and attended The Maryland Institute College of Art. Laura has illustrated numerous books including Tractor Day, Kitty Cat Kitty Cat Are You Waking Up? and the best-selling book, God Gave Us You.
Her books have garnered a number of awards including the Bank Street College Best Book of the Year (3 times).