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Bee Helpful Hardcover – January 8, 2014
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"Bee Helpful is a brilliant illustrated children's story...its charm is undeniable, like a warmth that pervades the heart. Watch for more title in this innovative children's series, the Sunny Bee Books." -Midwest Book Review
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Sunny Bee does this and more. In doing so he teaches useful lessons in friendship, confidence, kindness, and faith to both young and adult readers.
Sunny loves his best friend Myah, the sunflower. When the beautiful flower starts wilting under the hot sun, Sunny is worried enough to fly off in search of precious water. A few droplets from the nearby lake isn't enough to quench her thirst. This prompts him to set off on a journey to get her more water. His bee friends refuse to help him, and a frog that he encounters on the trip mocks his efforts. Undeterred he carries on, and meets up with a knowledgeable turtle who helps him seek Grandfather Oak.
Does he meet the Great Oak tree and is his little wish granted? Will his friend fade away before he returns or will he enjoy a potluck dinner? The book chronicles his journey and adventures with beautiful illustrations and expressive words. Life's lessons aren't preached out loud but subtly brought forward through puny Sunny and his great deeds.
The illustrations are vibrant, colorful and perfect for a children's book. I love the fact that the author, James Edwards, frequently uses multisyllabic words - slightly difficult for younger kids - rather than keep the narration simple. My four-year-old nephew loves to learn new words and their meanings, and I presume; so do other kids.
There is enough depth in the short tale to keep little ones engrossed. The five star says it all. This book is like candy - short and sweet.
Sunny is a little bee whose best friend is Myah the sunflower. One day Myah is drooping and sad, losing a petal at a time due to lack of water. Sunny is determined to save Myah and he attempts to recruit the help form his fellow bee friends: they laugh and mock him saying bees cannot carry water. He encounters a frog who also laughs at his goal and Sunny falls off the frog's lily pad into the water. A friendly turtle rescues him and offers to carry water to Myah, but as a tortoise he is far too slow to make the journey work. The turtle advises Sunny to seek advice from nature - nature being Grandfather Oak in the woods beyond. Sunny finds Grandfather Oak and asks for water for Myah. While at first the Oak dismisses Sunny's pleas, Sunny's perseverance results in the Oak creating a rainstorm and Sunny starts back to where Myah is waiting. He falls asleep in the storm only to be awakened by a hungry spider whose threats to Sunny are thwarted by a falling caterpillar. Sunny eventually returns to Myah with the falling rainwater and both friends are happy - due to Sunny's diligence and perseverance.
In this warmly entertaining and colorful adventure story JW Edwards III offers not only a tale children will enjoy, but also lessons they will seek to imitate - caring, friendship, diligence and perseverance. This is a very fine debut novel by a caring and involved writer. Grady Harp, February 14
Not only is the story catchy, but the illustrations are amazing. Even using an e-reader, the colors pop from the screen and are very pleasing to the eye. I have already recommended this book to a friend with several young children, because it can also be used in a homeschooling setting as well.
There is a HEA, but not after multiple attempts by Sunny and some little bit scary adventures he gets into with other creatures he encounters. The story definitely keeps your interest. The pictures are gorgeous and colorful. This is a very inviting book.
It also has some meaningful lessons for a child. The importance of friends, trying to do good for others, perseverance.
Unfortunately, sometimes in real life, no matter what we do, the sick friend or relative won't recover. But that's a topic for another book. This book is inspiring just the way it is.
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