Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Bombus the Bumblebee

Genre- Children/Fictionimage

Bombus the Bumblebee by Elsie Larson and David and Elizabeth Haidle

Published by- Master Books, A Division of New Leaf Publishing Group

Copyrighted- 1997, second printing 2000

Number of pages- 40

Age Group- young children

Description of book- hardback picture book, list price $11.99, ISBN: 0-89051-177-2

Extras- “A talking time,” creative activities, plus wonderful scientific information about bumblebees

Bombus the bumblebee is a lovable bee, who is learning about self-acceptance and the acceptance of others from the honeybees.  Bombus learns that God made him exactly the way he was supposed to be made.  God did create diversity and we need to learn about it.

What C (girl, age 5, Kindergarten) thought- I liked Bombus.  I liked that he couldn’t go into skinny blossoms.  Bumblebees are fatter that honeybees.  The honeybees said Bombus wasn’t right for flying, because honeybees have zig-zag dances.  And they all took flight and he watched them.  He thought he was meant to crawl, but he wasn’t. 

I liked everything.  I would recommend this book for kids my age. 

What B (boy, age 7, second grade) thought- I liked Bombus.  The honeybees didn’t think he could fly, but that wasn’t true.  The illustrations were also pretty good.  In the pictures the honeybees are skinny and Bombus is huge.  What to know an interesting fact?  The name of the book is Bombus the Bumblebee, right?  And the scientific name for bumblebee is bombus. 

I liked the whole book, there was nothing I disliked.  I would recommend Bombus the Bumblebee for kids my age.

My thoughts-

Wow!!  What a great book to teach children about self-acceptance.

Bombus was a lovable bumblebee who wanted to be accepted by others.  I can watch my kids playing with others to see how important acceptance and self-acceptance is.  I have noticed that the kids who have the best self-acceptance have the best acceptance of others.  We (as Bombus) need to remember that God accepts us as we are and we should not take what others say about us to heart.

The illustrations in the this book are great.  The honeybees are drawn  so well.  You can see their haughtiness and how they think they are so much better than Bombus.

I would highly recommend this book to all families.  As parents and especially was Christians we need to teach others about self-acceptance and the acceptance of others.

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Bombus the Bumblebee by Elsie Larson and illustrated by David and Elizabeth Haidle for free from Master Books, a division of New Leaf Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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