Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Book Review: Bombus the Bumblebee

Have you heard that Bumblebees are not shaped right for flight?  They are a bit of an anomaly.  Don't tell Bombus that!  Actually, Bumblebees are REALLY cool, and you will learn why in Bombus the Bumblebee, written by Elsie Larson and beautifully illustrated by David Haidle & Elizabeth Haidle.  This book is published by Master Books, New Leaf Publishing Group.

Bombus the bumblebee seems to be a problem for honeybees.  They perceive that he takes all the best nectar for himself, leaving little for them.  They devise a plan to keep Bombus out of their way.  They gather around him and tell him he is not shaped right for flying.  Bombus believes them, and loses his ability to fly.  The underlying story takes on two issues:  1) Creation (everything has been created by God) and 2) Bullying/teasing/self-esteem (because we are all created by God, we are special just the way we are...and that goes two ways--how we see ourselves and how we see others).

I thought this story was so special that a video review would be necessary.  Now, I don't claim to be a good director/producer.  We actually had to try several times just to get this, so please be patient with me (or at least as patient as my kids were).  I'm also lacking in the post-editing department.  So this is what you get.  :)  Hey--at least the kids are cute.  AND the book is SUPER cute!

This book would make a great gift.  It is also perfect to go along with a science curriculum.  There are many activities in the back to pull in the younger crowd (such as instructions for making fingerprint bumblebees).  There is more "scientific" information about bumblebees also in the back, perfect for launching further study for the older elementary crowd.  Good thing we have all those age ranges here at our house!

Thanks to New Leaf Publishing Group for sending me a complimentary copy of this book.  I was not required to write a positive review.  My thoughts and opinions are my own.

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