I recently received a copy of Busy Bees at Work and Play by M. Maitland DeLand to review. Now, I’m sure you’re wondering why I agreed to review a children’s book. Well, for starters it just looked so cute! Secondly, I just had a Literature for Children and Young Adults class this spring and have since gained a greater appreciation for this literature. This book helps a little one understand why grown ups have to work by showing various members of the community. It portrays these members of the community doing their job and them in their free time.
Busy Bees at Work and Play has very good illustrations, something that is crucial for a good children’s book. I thought it was cute how throughout the book there was little things that would only make sense if a character was a bee (for instance, a boat is named the “Bee Line”). The illustrator incorporates hexagonal shapes and honey combs when possible. I also liked that the pictures were interactive with readers. While the young bee first encounters every adult while they are working, there are clues in the background that allow children to figure out what that bee does at the end of the day. I do think that it’s interesting that the bees “wear” shirts but not pants. Haha!
I also appreciated how the main bee’s mother is a teacher! I guess that goes to show that teachers are typically good parents. ; )
Anyways, this is a very cute book for children. I enjoyed it and so did my boyfriend. Haha! You can find it on Amazon.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of Busy Bees at Work and Play for review purposes. No compensation was received. The opinions expressed are my own.