Children's Picture Book / Informational / Lesson
I gave this book 4 of 5 stars
When Fuzzy Buzzy discovers a field of flowers, she decides to keep the location a secret from her sister bumblebees -- after all, finders keepers! Soon Fuzzy Buzzy realizes that she can't possibly pollinate all the flowers and that there's more nectar than she can ever drink, but it's not until she sees that the flowers are suffering that she realizes the right thing to do.
Children will absolutely love this beautifully illustrated story! Fuzzy Buzzy's Treasure not only informs readers about bumblebees and the pollination process, but it also manages to gently teach a lesson about the consequences of greed and the benefits of sharing. The illustrations by K.A. King are precious and make viewing every page a pleasure. (I just want to hug those little baby bumblebees!) Additionally, as a supplement at the end of the story, author Misty Baker has included some fast facts about bumblebees as well as links to websites to learn more about bumblebees and ways to help them.
Given the target audience for the book, I did feel like some pages were text heavy, and there were some lengthy sentences that younger readers might struggle to read. As such, it may best be used as a read-along, which is ideal anyhow so that adults can discuss Fuzzy Buzzy's actions and also what is real and what is fantasy in the bumblebee world. I would have liked to see a few more pages added and a little more editing so that the overall presentation was more balanced and simpler to read.
Fuzzy Buzzy's Treasure can be enjoyed by kids of all ages since the bees are presented in a non-threatening, friendly way. Thank you to the author for providing me a print copy in exchange for my honest review -- the only kind I give!
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