Bee: A Peek-Through Picture Book – Britta Teckentrup


51iiwkuvysl        Bee: A Peek-Through Picture Book – Britta Teckentrup,  Doubleday Books for Young Readers, (9781524715267), 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  5

Genre:   Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  The importance of bees in nature is illustrated in this beautifully illustrated title.  The collage illustrations are bursting with the colors of spring.  Vibrant colors fill the pages with flowers, trees, woodland animals, fields, ponds and meadows.  Readers get to peek-though cut outs in the hexagonal shape of a piece of honeycomb.  The rhyming text follows a bee as it visits flowers to gather nectar and spread pollen.  The illustrations depict the little bee leaving a trail of yellow pollen dust on its journey.  The rhyming text is perfect for reading aloud. “Gathering nectar as she goes, From every foxglove, every rose, Dusty with pollen, the little bee, Buzzes, buzzes, busily.”  The second part of the book follows the bee back to her hive and then multiple cut outs follow a whole swarm of bees. This is a lovely story for readers interested in the natural world.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a picture book for children interested in nature and insects. A nice addition to a spring-themed  or bee-themed story time.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it?   Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  1/24/17             

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