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Author: Steve Smallman

Illustrator: Jack Tickle

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Publisher: Tiger Tales, an Imprint of ME Media,

Material: paperback

Summary: Busy! Every bee is busy. While everyone else is making honey for the hive, the Greedy Bee is busy drinking all the nectar and keeping it for himself. When he discovers a new field of flowers, he decides to keep his new source of pollen a secret. He spends the whole day drinking nectar ... and then is too heavy to fly. It's getting dark and the Greedy Bee is getting scared. How will he get home? With the help of some friendly insects, Greedy Bee learns a valuable lesson. There are lessons about caring, change, and growing up in this picture book story that can also be an easy reader.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, read aloud book, learning to read.

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 1.8

Age of Child: Read with and by an 8-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: The minute she spotted this in the pile, our daughter pulled it out, headed to the family room, and started reading. She wanted us to read it again at bedtime, too.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a fun story. The illustrations are colorful, the varied text size add emphasis to the sounds, and the story has a good message. For some kids the Greedy Bee's leap from selfish to selfless may seem pretty quick or out of context since none of the other insects witnessed his meanness.

Pros: Bright colorful illustrations and a simply-told story engage children in this story with a life lesson about friendship, selfishness, and ultimately happiness.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book that will be fun to share with your toddler and important to keep handy in preschool when kids need a gentle reminder.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE RAINBOW FISH   PRINCESS NADA AND THE CITY OF ICE (New Tales of the Arabian Nights Part 1)   MANOLITO FOUR-EYES; The 3rd Volume of the Great Encyclopedia of My Life

Educational Themes: There are lots of things you can do with this book. There are themes of teamwork, responsibility (being a member of the hive), selfishness, acceptance, friendship, gluttony, and unconditional love, to name a few. This is a good book for showing kids that true happiness comes from giving.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, teamwork, friendship, life lessons

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2010

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