Delightful! Each Page is an opportunity for dialogue. Parents, Grandparents, and Siblings have opportunities to practice how to listen to the child-really listen. The Story is a very gentle way of teaching. The illustrations beautifully complement the words in a way that draws the reader into the Story. I will recommend this book to clients.
In Margaret Welwood’s children’s book Marie and Mr. Bee, Marie—and all the children who read about her—learn that “all play” doesn’t necessarily mean “all fun.” At the same time, Mr. Bee—and all the children who read about him—learn the value of friendship and forgiveness. 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.
What is not to love about this book! Marie and Mr. Bee is a powerful children’s story by Margaret Welwood that has many lessons not only for children but for parents and educators. Marie is little girl in a wheelchair who diligently cares for her home and plays with the animals in the forest. One day while talking with a lazy bee named Mr. Bee, she questions why she works so hard. Isn’t playing around much better? She then begins to neglect her chores and house duties to focus on playing.
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 Bible verses and Marie’s blueberry pancake recipe at the end of the story. The inclusion of Bible verses allows parents to not only teach moral lessons from the story but show how these lessons come from God’s Word. 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 (Eph 5:16). 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.