In Bees Like Flowers by Rebecca Bielawski, children will read along andlearn as our happy young narrator shows readers, in a very simple andnon-threatening way, that bees are worthy of a closer look. AuthorRebecca Bielawski uses rhyme along with beautiful illustrations toexplain the process of pollination and where bees live, and she throwsin a few gentle words of caution about stings. In a supplemental section at the end, insects are defined and flowers shown in the story areidentified, and there's even an invitation to young readers to go backand find the flowers in the illustrations. Whether used as a read-aloudor for new readers to tackle alone, Bees Like Flowers is a fun andappealing teaching tool about the life of bees.
The rhyming is very well done and kudos to Bielawski for using simplephrases and easy to read print... The illustrations are what really put it over the top.This book is so cute that readers will want to hug it. For starters, the sweet-faced little girl narrating the story is precious and obviouslyprecocious, and she's not afraid to climb a tree or get her hands dirtyas she tromps about nature. And NATURE! Nature is drawn so vividly andbeautifully - the bees have soft, gentle expressions and are definitelyrepresented as friends, not foes. While some of the flowers do havefaces, others are drawn very realistically where children would be ableto identify them in their own yards and gardens. Though the locationisn't ever specified, readers will want to immerse themselves in thelovely setting of Bees Like Flowers, and this book will be read againand again.