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Give Bees a Chance Hardcover – April 25, 2017
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From School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—Barton employs the same style as in her award-winning book I'm Trying To Love Spiders, but this time bees are the topic. Readers are introduced to Edgar, a slightly thumb-shaped boy with a curlicue of hair. Edgar doesn't like bees, mainly because he doesn't want to be stung. The narrator tries to convince him of the insects' good qualities, yet Edgar continues to fret about their stingers and venom sacs. But facts about how long bees have lived on Earth and how they pollinate flowers and produce honey start to amaze Edgar. When he learns about dwindling bee populations, he decides that planting some bee-friendly flowers and keeping peace with them are pretty sweet alternatives to being frightened. The comical pen drawings with pastel-colored backgrounds, created using Adobe Photoshop, are visually pleasing. Childlike print in various sizes adds pizzazz, and the overall look is attractive. Barton explains that she has taken liberties with her bees, as they have only two legs in most of the illustrations instead of six. (The endpapers offer a more accurate depiction of different species.) Given the number of unloved animals and insects, Barton has an endless supply of subject matter to continue this refreshing, fun format. VERDICT A must for the lighter side of nonfiction. A great way to introduce bees to elementary students.—Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio
Praise for Give Bees a Chance:
"Even the most bee-phobic readers will have a hard time resisting this swarm of humor and fact."--Kirkus Reviews
"Refreshing [and] fun.... A must for the lighter side of nonfiction."--School Library Journal
"Colorful artwork, plenty of facts, and an entertainingly irreverent approach...[make this a] playful take on nonfiction."--Booklist
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A 2016 CHILDREN'S CHOICE BOOK AWARD WINNER!
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* "Simultaneously cringe-worthy and cackle-inducing."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Zippy text and hilarious visuals."--School Library Journal
"Fact-filled and funny arachnology."--Booklist
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Like Edgar, my five-year-old son is afraid of bees. After reading this book, however, he has a new appreciation for them and even suggested we plant some bee-friendly flowers to help the bee population. He added that he would like to plant them at his grandparents’ house in Florida, thousands of miles away, but at least it is a start! He requested that we read this book multiple times and loved soaking up new facts about bees. He also loved the interactive element of gently blowing the bees away from Edgar.