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The Very Greedy Bee Hardcover – March, 2007

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PreSchool-K–A greedy bee guzzles nectar and gobbles pollen, and won't share with anyone. He won't even let a tired ladybug rest on his flower. One day the bee comes upon a meadow full of juicy blossoms. He goes from flower to flower, slurping up all he can, all the while growing fatter and fatter, until he is unable to fly home. He is scared, especially when he sees two eyes glowing from the long grass, but then discovers that they are fireflies, and they offer to escort him home. At last they reach the bank of the stream, and he is assisted across by a team of ants with a big leaf. When the bee finally arrives home safely, he offers to share his best honey with his new friends and his fellow bees. The cartoonlike artwork, with bold, rounded, brightly colored creatures, leaps off the page. The rousing text, replete with sound effects and varied fonts, will work well with groups. A pleasing addition for larger collections.–DeAnn Okamura, San Mateo County Library, CA
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About the Author

Steve Smallman was born in Cambridgeshire. He has been illustrating books for children for over 25 years and has recently become an author too. He has written THE LAMB WHO CAME FOR DINNER and BUMBLETUM for Little Tiger Press. Jack Tickle likes painting in acrylic because when he spills coffee and food on his pictures he can wipe them clean again! He likes to eat chocolate biscuits while he paints and listens to loud guitar music. Mr Tickle lives in South West England with his family and a large biscuit barrel. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 650L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tiger Tales (March 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589250656
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589250659
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,846,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 27, 2010
Format: Paperback
The bright illustrations and all of the honey-slurpin' and burpin' make this a natural for preschool story times. This is one cute bee and the sight of him floating across a stream with the aid of a large leaf and a bunch of friendly ants is sure to gather alot of smiles. This poor bee "overslurps" at a flower field that he decided to keep all to himself. After he finds himself too fat to fly he has to rely on his friends to get home. The book ends with what else? A party! And also a bee who has learned a lesson about being greedy. A really cute little story about sharing that also gives plenty of opportunity to talk about bees and their social structure. Not too long; it always keeps those little buzzers interested till the end. A big recommend.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Dieterle on May 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
A plump bee wants to keep all the nectar to himself. He moves from flower to flower, getting his fill, and he won't even let other bees stop on a flower for a rest. But the bee is so caught up in the nectar, he eats too much and can't get home. He has to rely on help from others to find his way. On the journey, he learns that working with others is a lot more fun than keeping everything to himself.

This is a gentle story with cuddly, colorful illustrations. You just want to hug those bees! A good story to open discussion about what it means to be "greedy" as well as a discussion of sharing and friendship. Could also be used as a gentle way to talk about healthy eating and not eating to excess.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
"The Very Greedy Bee" is a vividly illustrated children's morality fable about a greedy bee who overslurped on pollen and nectar and found he was too roly poly to fly his way home after dark. After quite a few moments of fear and trepidation, the greedy bee finds help from two kind fireflies who light his way (walking) home, and some tiny ants help him cross a stream by finding a leaf to ride like a boat. All ends well and the greedy bee introduces his new friends to his fellow bees and invites them to a hive party where the main course is honey. Thus the greedy bee learns the virtues and joy of sharing and the dangers of being greedy and overslurping! Aimed at children ages 3-7, "The Very Greedy Bee" is sure to delight and enchant while it instructs kids in valuable lessons of life.
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Format: Paperback
A greedy little bee doesn't like to share his nectar. He won't even share his flower with a tired lady bug just looking to rest. When the greedy little bee discovers a meadow of big juicy flowers, rest assured he won't let anyone else in on his little secret. He slurps up all of the nectar from the flowers and he gets fatter and fatter and soon he can no longer fly. He takes a nap and when he awakes its dark and spooky. Very frightened he gets help from two little fire flies wondering about and a little group of ants help him cross the stream. When the greedy bee finally gets home the other bees through him a party and he happily shares his best honey with his new found friends.

This vividly colored story will have your children smiling the whole time they read about the greedy little bee. This cute story will have your children learning and wanting to share and make new friends.
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By JL on March 24, 2008
Format: Audio CD
My 21 months old daughter loves this book and so do I. It has bright colors and a great story that teaches children to SHARE. In fact, the other day my daughter did not want to share a food with my husband and I reminded her of the bee and she shared the food with my husband right away! The CD is great, too and it helps my daughter learn some words. Highly recommended.
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This book is great for ages 5-10, and the pictures are very engaging. The story helps kids learn that they shouldn't be greedy and need to sometimes ask for help from others. The story is very simple, and could have been a little bit better. Overall, a very visually appealing book and sweet story. I would recommend it to others.
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By marcie peterson on August 25, 2013
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I purchased this book for my first grade class for the beginning of the year regarding being nice to others. This book had very colorful pages and the students loved it! The students understood the message and liked how the bee changed from being greedy to being nice!
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By Stefanie on December 6, 2013
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We have had this book for over a year now and my daughter still goes back to it on occasion for her bedtime story. The story is interesting and fun.
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