Waking up from a long winter’s nap bear stretches then grabs his tummy and exclaims, “I’m hungry.”
Bear quickly picks up the smell of honey and approaches a honey bee nest with a bee sitting on top. The bee asks the bear if he would like some honey. The bear replies that he would love to have some honey but has a problem. He asks, “But what about the bee?” This sets in motion a tongue in cheek story as the bee questions the bear on his knowledge of what a bee looks like. The clueless bear describes a bear to the bee. The bee points out to the bear that he has just described himself, to which the bear announces in horror, “I AM A BEE!” The bee quickly reassures the bear of his identity. The bear then acknowledges that the bee is nothing like he had imagined and with that the two become friends while sitting down to share some honey.
What a delightful story to inspire children to be open minded about one another’s differences and not to fear those difference. Young children will also find humor in the bear’s false knowledge of bees. The illustrations are very suitable as they are friendly and colorful. The characters are likeable and the story stays upbeat. A great read aloud as well.
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