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Summary: The Bee-Man is an elderly, unkempt, recluse who has allowed swarms of bees to turn his small hut into a giant beehive. He was perfectly happy in the company of bees. One day, a young “sorcerer-in-training” visited him and told the Bee-Man that once upon a time he was someone special and that he, the “sorcerer” would help the Bee-Man discover who he once was. Reluctant at first to leave his bees, the Bee-Man decided to follow the sorcerer’s advice and discover his true identity and so, the adventure began. This is a fairy tale adventure book with CD.
Type of Reading: independent reading, family reading, read aloud book, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 10; read yourself: 10 and Up
Interest Level: 6 to 9
Reading Level: 5.7
Age of Child: pending
Adult Reader Reaction: A perfect book for kids. Lynch could, and probably does, illustrations for Children's TV. He's in a class by himself. This was a real treat to review.
Pros: This book is a triple treat. Frank Stockton’s fairy tale is a model of the genre. P.J. Lynch’s illustrations provide children with unforgettable images. The DVD “Making Fairy Tales" that is included with the book adds to the thrill of the story.
Cons: None! This work is impeccable, a model for the genre.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. The story, the illustrations, and the layout are excellent. The primary audience for the book is children, however, the book will be enjoyed by readers of any age. Buy two copies, one for your children/grandchildren, who will wear it out from use, and one for them to share with their children.
Educational Themes: This is a fairytale and as such includes a number of subtle lessons for the readers to think and talk about (i.e., it is a story with moral lesson). The illustrations provide imagery and tone that give the lessons more substance.