- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
- Paperback: 28 pages
- Publisher: Grandma's Bookshelf (July 29, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0993830277
- ISBN-13: 978-0993830273
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
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Marie and Mr. Bee Paperback – July 29, 2016
My 5 yr old daughter has developmental delays and was given this charming book as a gift. While the main character in the book is in a wheelchair, no mention is made of her disability and she is shown to be just as hardworking and independent as anyone else. Marie is a very empowering example for my daughter and the story teaches a valuable lesson that is helpful to all children. Amazon Customer Thanks to an engaging story, complemented by delightful illustrations, young readers will be so busy turning pages they won't even realize they're taking in some of life's most valuable truths. All sorts of important ideas pop up while Marie and her friends play and work in the forest: the power of choice, the treasure of friendship, the capabilities of "disabled" children, what kindness looks like. . . . Children, parents, and teachers will be glad to find that "Marie and Mr. Bee" confirms again the power of great story-telling to open up our world, teach us, and help us grow. KAB Loved this book. I would recommend this book to anyone. . . . The pictures are very vibrant and realistic and the storyline is written so that even young children can understand it. Amazon Customer Aimed at the 4 to 8 year old child, this is an excellent mix of picture book and storytelling to keep both children and parents reading it over and over again. Presentation is important, and especially so for this age group. Coralie Rycroft's illustrations and Margaret's narrative complement each other exactly. There is plenty happening on each page, yet the book has an open and airy feel to it-clean but not cluttered. In addition, Margaret has achieved a balance between entertainment and learning-the story in itself is a gentle tale about a wheelchair bound little girl who lives in a cabin in the woods. Her days are changed for the worse when a not-so-busy bee enters her world. But she realises she cannot behave like the bee as her friendships and home life take a turn for the worse. The learnings come in the form of positive attitudes towards work, the importance of friendships, and honesty and integrity. Values matter, but children's values matter most of all. It's never too early to develop positive values which form a strong foundation for later life. And of course, this book has a very tasty surprise ending both children and parents will enjoy doing together! James Minter The way the story unfolds is perfect for children about age ten and under. I love that the main character has a handicap, but doesn't allow it to get in her way. Lisa M. Prysock The illustrations in the book are vibrant and portray a little girl and her friends beautifully. My grandchildren, ages three and four, enjoyed the adorable characters. Michelle My eleven year old loved how Marie was in a wheelchair and related it to doing life with her seizures. Tammy
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Thanks to an engaging story, complemented by delightful illustrations, young readers will be so busy turning pages they won’t even realize they’re taking in some of life’s most valuable truths. All sorts of important ideas pop up while Marie and her friends play and work in the forest: the power of choice, the treasure of friendship, the capabilities of “disabled” children, what kindness looks like. Lots of things to talk about after story-time. Lots to talk about after story-time.
Children, parents, and teachers will be glad to find that Marie and Mr. Bee confirms again the power of great-story-telling to open up our world, teach us, and help us grow.
We received a free PDF copy of this book from the author for our review. Thank you.
Jessica D. Adams, Author
Fortunately, while Marie neglects her duties, many of her forest friends continue to help their parents and take care of their chores before coming out to play. Also, Mr. Bee, experiences some troubles because of his laziness. Through watching the positive example of her friends and Mr. Bee’s bad example, she learns that laziness doesn’t profit, and it’s better to finish one’s work before having fun.
Marie and Mr. Bee is a springboard that parents and educators can use to discuss life lessons with children. It teaches the importance of hard work, priorities, friendships, compassion, and faith. The fact that Marie is in a wheelchair exposes young children to the reality of people with developmental needs. It shows Marie as a normal person and a hero to model. The author, Mrs. Welwood, also includes Marie’s blueberry pancake recipe at the end of the story. The pancake recipe allows for the parent or educator to have a fun activity with the children.
Our time with our children is so short. It is important to redeem the time and make the most of every opportunity. I am so thankful for Mrs. Welwood’s help in doing this. Marie and Mr. Bee is a great instrument for inspiring, training, and having fun with children.
This was a really cute little book that teaches children the importance of being fruitful and working to be happy. It also indirectly teaches children the danger of choosing bad friends. It teaches children the redemptive quality of a good friendship and how to be a good friend by following Marie's example.
The fact that Marie is handicapped isn't really mentioned much in the storyline. But I think it will really appeal to kids that have some kind of handicap because there are so few children's stories that feature a hero that has problems. And indirectly you can learn that she doesn't let her problems get her down.
*Received a copy free in exchange for an honest review.