Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 4 to 7
- Grade: p to 2
- Reading age: 4 to 7
Pedro, Nick, Yulee, Sally and Martin are buzzing with excitement today! The five friends are visiting Martin's neighbor, Mr. Cardinal. He keeps beehives in his backyard, and he's offered to show them how honeybees live. As the kids help Mr. Cardinal with his work, he explains how bees feed and pollinate, what happens inside their colony, how they build their hives and even why they like to dance! He also tells the friends why some bee populations are in trouble and what people can do to help. And the perfect sweet ending to the day? Honey, of course! These children are sure to remember: it's best to “bee a friend” to the bees of the world!
This playful book mixes narration, facts and appealing illustrations to introduce young children to why the world needs bees, and how people can help them thrive. It's part of the critically acclaimed Exploring Our Community series from award-winning author and illustrator Scot Ritchie, which features the same five culturally diverse characters throughout. Comprehensive yet entertaining, the book encourages children to look closer at the natural world around them, including in cities, and raises their awareness about how each person can do something to help the environment. It aligns perfectly with the early science curriculum, particularly sustainability and stewardship, and understanding life systems. Rounding out the information in the story are a full bee illustration with the parts identified, a glossary and two activities that can be done at home or in school.
About the author
Scot Ritchie est un auteur-illustrateur primé vivant à Vancouver, en Colombie-Britannique. Il a illustré, et parfois écrit, plus de 40 livres pour enfants, dont Suivons la carte, Dis-moi pourquoi et There was an Old Lady that Swallowed a Puck.
Scot Ritchie is an award winning illustrator who lives in Vancouver British Columbia. He has illustrated over 40 children's books, (some of which he also wrote) including Let's Go! The Story of Getting from There to Here, Up, Up and Away and the Basics for Beginners series, Hockey, Baseball and Soccer.
- Unknown, Children's Science Picture Book Award, AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize
- Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre
... an exciting addition to Ritchie's “Exploring Our Community” series.—CM Magazine
... animal lovers and budding conservationists will enjoy this peek into the life of a familiar and crucial species.
School Library Journal
An informative addition to Ritchie's Exploring Our Community series and a useful selection for many libraries.—Booklist
... a fun and informative story about bees that will engage both kids and their parents.
Other titles by Scot Ritchie
A Log Boom’s Journey
On the Line
Célébrons notre patrimoine
Initiation à l'héritage culturel
See Where We Come From!
A First Book of Family Heritage
A World of Mindfulness
Follow Your Breath!
A First Book of Mindfulness
Lilliana and the Frogs
Join the No-Plastic Challenge!
A First Book of Reducing Waste