Please Please the Bees – Gerald Kelley

      Please Please the Bees – Gerald Kelley, Albert Whitman and Company, (9780807551837), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  Benedict the bear “… liked to do the same thing every day.” Every days starts with the bees leaving him three jars of honey for his toast and tea and honeycakes.  But one day, the bees go on strike and Benedict’s routine screeches to a halt.  He is not pleased, but a little bee tells him that the hive is falling apart and surrounded by weeds and the bees have to travel miles for nectar. “‘You’re making us for granted,’ the bee declared.”You want honey? Things need to change.  It’s up to you, bear.’”  Benedict decides to make a change and soon the bees return.  Readers will love the illustrations with the little bees flying about with their strike signs.  A good introduction to the idea of cooperation.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  A good choice to teach children the importance of cooperation.  Teachers could use it to introduce the plight the honey bee and the environment.

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: 5/15/17             

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