As long-term readers of the blog know well, we have a bug hunter in the family, Gramps. My 7-year-old Monkey son seems to be following in his footsteps and has a wonderful love of the natural world. Mini beasts are a particular favourite so I knew he’d love exploring The Bee when we received it recently from Boolino.
The Bee is written and illustrated by Ute Fuhr and Raoul Sautai and is published by Moonlight Publishing as part of their My First Discoveries series of Spiral bound hard back books. Aimed at children aged 4-8 years The Bee provides information that is easy for children to understand, and also very informative.
For me it’s lovely to read books like The Bee, with Monkey and see just how much information he’s retained from conversations with his Gramps. He knows exactly why flowers need bees and vice versa.
The book describes to children how bees interact with each other inside their hive to share information, as well as telling they about the duties of each type of bee.
The illustrations are superb, and throughout the book there are a number of film overlays, which change the illustrations. Monkey has loved looking at these and how they change the information provided.
It’s hard to believe that the Queen Bee can lay more than 1000 eggs in one day isn’t it. The illustrations showing how the egg turns into a bee over the course of 3 weeks captivated my son.
At the end of the book there is also information of the nests of both wasps and termites. Monkey has seen wasps nests for himself and has a couple of empty ones that Gramps gave him some time ago, that he then took into school.
The Bee is a great factual addition to any bookshelf, and I’m sure my son will be showing it off to his Gramps when he’s over from Spain in May.
It’s currently on offer for £6.99 on the Boolino website and we give it a big thumbs up.
disclosure: we were sent this item in exchange for an honest review.