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Please Please the Bees












Please, Please the Bees
by Gerald Kelley
Albert Whitman & Company

A delightful story of how a bear takes things for granted, mixed with a bit of being kind and responsible, without any heavy-handedness.

Benedict, the bear, was a creature of habit. Each morning he woke, retrieved the honey the bees left, ate breakfast, played music, baked, knitted and ran errands. At days end, he’d end with honey tea.  Life was sweet, until one morning nothing was the same. The bees had gone on strike! Nothing went right that whole day. Finally, one of the bees had a serious talk with Benedict. Bear pointed out he ‘let’ them be in his field and they should be grateful. The bees pointed out that they do all the work, while their hive was in ruins. Benedict saw the hive and saw the way of his error. After some hard thinking, he decided maybe he had been too selfish. He changed his habits and learned life was even sweeter for everyone.

Gentle colors accent Benedict’s gentle demeanor and earnestness and make this a heartwarming story showing a change of disposition. A simple, yet grand, lesson disguised in a story.

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The Monkey and the Bee













The Monkey and the Bee
by C. P. Bloom, illustrated by Peter Raymundo
Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2015

Written with only twelve different words and illustrated with plenty of bold action-filled characters, The Monkey and the Bee tells a friendship story brimming with humor.   With the illustrations telling more than half the story, even the youngest can follow along, and will likely soon be ‘reading’ the book to the parents!

Having just acquired a bunch of bananas, the monkey opens wide for his first bite—and a bee lands on his banana.  Monkey flicks him away.  Mad, the bee dives into the banana just as the monkey takes that first bite.  Monkey spits out the bee.  But then a lion appears and chases after the monkey.  The bee doesn’t like this and threatens the lion with his stinger.  Monkey offers the bee a banana in thanks and they soon become friends.

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