Bee a Good Human: A Pollinators' Guide to a Better Life

Bee a Good Human: A Pollinators' Guide to a Better Life
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Age Range
12+
Release Date
May 04, 2021
ISBN
1684351324
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Combining inspiration, humor, and entomology, Instagram artist Ali Beckman (@SoFlyTaxidermy) is the internet's go-to gal for bug-related content that makes you a happier human.

Beckman's witty comics, which use actual insects in everyday situations, illustrate the importance of pollinators as well as body positivity and mental health awareness. Using creatures that are donated, purchased, or found dead to create amusing cartoons, Bee a Good Human highlights the integral role of insects in our environment while also demonstrating we all have a part to play in this world. Beyond bugs, Beckman's art speaks to the value of self-love as she shares a narrative of growth and finding confidence within.

Bee a Good Human features the best of Beckman's @SoFlyTaxidermy Instagram art. With 106 color illustrations, many of which have never appeared online, this gift of a book will make you consider the bigger picture―and laugh a little too.

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4.0
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5.0
Bee a Good Human: A Pollinator’s Guide to a Better Life is a compilation of artwork from Ali Beckman, or better known on Instagram as @SoFlyTaxidermy. Beckman uses dead bugs— that are either sent to her, found, or purchased— to insert into popular sayings she writes out on visual settings. Her final creations are inventive, funny, and educational. In a way, she is giving the bugs a life postmortem and entertaining us in the process. She has certainly struck a chord with people, indicative of her nearly 200k following, which is especially important during a time when there has been so much talk about the dying bee population and how that could negatively impact our environment.

What I particularly love about this book is what it has taught me. I had no idea that there are more pollinating species than bees. In fact, it’s helped me recognize that flies are more than just the annoying bugs flitting around my house in the summer. They too play an important role in our eco-system. I also was thrilled to learn about ways I can help prevent pollinator extinction. Activities as simple as planting flowers and not using any pesticides or chemicals on the garden are not only great for us as humans, but great for the pollinators too. Everyone wins when we’re just a bit more conscious, and in fact, it really doesn’t take that much effort, which is a relief since most of us are living pretty busy lives.

Aside from that, this book is so clever. I immediately wanted to share it with my friends. For that reason, it’s a great gift for all different occasions, especially for people who need a good laugh or those who care about the environment. I have to be honest. I am NOT a bug lover, but this little book did help shift my perspective on how much we need each other. Because of that, it’s a great coffee table book as it’s bound to start a conversation.

Overall, Bee a Good Human: A Pollinator’s Guide to a Better Life is a testament to the power of art, invention, and do-it-yourself power.
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