Zinnia and the Bees

Zinnia and the Bees
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Age Range
9+
Release Date
August 01, 2017
ISBN
978-1623708672
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Talk about having a lousy day. While Zinnia's seventh grade classmates are celebrating the last day of school, she's cooped up in the vice principal's office, serving detention. Her offense? Yarn bombing a statue of the school mascot. And when Zinnia rushes home to commiserate with her older brother, Adam, who also happens to be her best friend, she's devastated to discover that he's left home with no explanation. Just when it looks like Zinnia's day can't possibly get any worse, a colony of frantic honeybees mistakes her hair for a hive and lands on her head! Told from the alternating perspectives of Zinnia a humorous young loner and knitter and an unintentionally comical hive of honeybees, this quirky, heartfelt novel will strike a chord with anyone who has ever felt alone, betrayed, or misunderstood as it explores the challenges that come with learning to trust yourself and the often messy process of discovering the true meaning to home.

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New Look at Bees
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4.0
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4.0
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When a bee truck crashes in a city, there's no place for them to make a hive, until they see their opportunity. Zinnia's head. ZINNIA AND THE BEES taught me things I didn't know about bees and it also made me see things from their point of view.

At first, Zinnia doesn't want anyone to know about the bees in her hair, but when Birch, her neighbor's nephew, spots them, Zinnia must confide in him. Birch wants to help her figure out how to remove them, but it seemed as if both of them forgot about the bees as the story progressed. Instead, Zinnia was worried about finding her brother Adam and Birch was trying so hard to make a friend.

I absolutely loved the parts that were from the bees point of view. It gave us insight to why they bees chose Zinnia's hair and how they were feeling. I felt bad for them since they didn't have any place to build a hive or no flowers to get pollen from in the city. I also loved the way it ended and that all fell back into place within Zinnia's life.


Final Verdict: This was a very original and educational read that I would recommend to those ages nine and up. Bees are important because they pollinate everything and help plants and produce to grow. This book couldn't have come at a better time with how quickly the bees are dying out and we'll be lost without them.
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