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Author: Dawn Matheson

Illustrator: Pamela Barcita

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Publisher: Bumble Bee Productions, Inc.,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Ruby Lee's wings would seem to be much to small to help her fly. Yet, she flies just fine ... all throughout the garden, and always with a smile on her face. How can she do it? This is a rhyming book to help children understand that

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Age of Child: Started reading with a 5½-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Our kindergartner liked following Ruby Lee's path on the page. S/He loved the rosy cheeks and Ruby Lee's smile ... often commenting about them as we read together.

Adult Reader Reaction: Ruby Lee herself makes this a fun book to share and share again. The illustrations are captivating, and the message is important.

Pros: Kids quickly grasp the clich

Cons: None, really. The author introduces the idea that who we are is part of "God's plan," so individuals who prefer completely secular stories may want to consider an alternate title.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! The story is great, the rhyming makes it fun to read, and the illustrations are fabulous. Even toddlers, who may not yet understand the message will love this book.

If You Liked This Book, Try: WHAT I LIKE ABOUT ME! A Book of Celebrating Differences   I AM A LOVABLE ME!   RUBY LEE THE BUMBLE BEE; A BEE'S BIT OF WISDOM

Educational Themes: The story wraps itself in the idea that anything is possible, helping them to believe in themselves and rely on their internal "can do" attitude.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, animal characters, Christian

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2007

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