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Marie and Mr. Bee Paperback – July 29, 2016
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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.
Being a good girl she does all her household chores first, then she knows she can be free to meet her friends and play games with them.
However, when one day Mr Bee flies in and boasts that he doesn’t do any work, Marie begins thinking, why work, after all if Mr. Bee doesn’t have to, then why should she?
As the idea takes hold, it seems fantastic, however soon Marie realises that all her friends do important chores and can’t just play when she wants them too. Suddenly she starts to understand that although playing is fun, it has its place, everything people do is important, and everyone has responsibilities.
Then when Marie finds Mr Bee hungry and sad, the author uses Marie’s kindness and forgiveness to round off this lovely story by illustrating to children the importance of compassion, responsibility, and the wonderful power of friendship.
I read this enchanting and beautifully illustrated story to my grandson and he loved it. Not only is this a wonderful story but it opens doors to discuss potentially difficult things with children, like wheelchair use, and why it is important that they do their chores before play. And finally, who can resist making Marie’s blueberry pancake recipe which is at the back of the book.
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Jessica D. Adams, Author