The Bumblebee Garden

 
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The Bumblebee Garden
Author(s)
Co-Authors / Illustrators
  • Stella Lim
Publisher Name
Floris Books
Age Range
1+
Release Date
April 23, 2024
ISBN13
978-9027926852
ISBN10 or ASIN
      
This charming story about a curious child watching the bees in his garden will teach young readers what makes bees special.
Ben and Grandpa are busy in the garden when Ben spots a fuzzy bumblebee in a cosy coat, just like him. With Grandpa's help, Ben learns all about the lives of the bumblebees, and how much he has in common with his buzzy friends.

Through the lyrical story young children will understand the life cycle of bees, and their importance to the balance of the natural world. The luminous illustrations will inspire readers to celebrate these remarkable, vital insects and help them thrive in their own gardens and nearby green spaces.

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2 reviews
sweet picture book about bumblebees
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
THE BUMBLEBEE GARDEN is a sweet picture book that teaches about bees. The story follows a grandfather and young boy who are spending time with each other while noticing the bees. At each step along the way, the boy learns something about bees, such as that they have a thick coat to keep them warm - just like Ben does. The backmatter includes a lifecycle of queen bumblebees.

What I loved: The book draws apt comparisons between the bumblebees and the young boy and his sister, really bringing the bees to life for little ones. Information about bees is presented in a very approachable way, showing the wonder of bees to little ones with facts about how they grow, collect pollen, and more. The backmatter adds to the educational content with an easy to view cycle, reiterating the things children learned along the way.

The illustrations are lush and detailed, bringing the scenes to life with key close-ups on the realistic-looking bumblebees so that children can see for themselves what is happening at each step. The fictional story works well for young readers who prefer stories to non-fiction books, but the educational content is still present throughout. The font is large and clear, making it easy to read aloud.

What left me wanting more: The simplicity of the story and level of content would make this work well for toddlers and preschoolers; however, the length of text on each page spread may be better suited to more patient readers. That being said, children who love to learn and don't mind sitting with a page will find plenty to visually explore as the story is read to them.

Final verdict: THE BUMBLEBEE GARDEN is a sweet picture book about a grandfather and young boy exploring the world and learning about bumblebees - and all the things we have in common.
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Cute and simple story about bees
Overall rating
 
4.3
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
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Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
5.0
The Bumblebee Garden is a cute little story about a boy whose grandfather teaches him different things about bees.
There is the basics like where bumblebees live and what they eat. I feel like there is a lot of information missing that would be beneficial to children to know, but this book is still a good preface for those wanting to learn more about bees.
I would have loved some back matter with additional information such as what you should plant to attract bees, the importance of saving their habitat, etc.

The artwork is wonderful. I enjoyed how we get to see the child's life parallel to that of the bee, and the way he connected the bee's life with his own.
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