Bee & Me (PB)
The beautiful Bee and Me by Alison Jay is now available in paperback! A bee flies in the window and a little girl is frightened. She traps the bee and then wonders what to do. This beautiful wordless picture book traces the growing friendship between girl and bee and introduces small children to the ecology of the natural world. Highlighting the plight of the disappearing bumble bee, it shows how some simple actions can help restore beauty and balance in our environment.
'Good weather and al fresco dining often ends up stressful for parents with many children fearful of bees. Now is therefore the perfect time to introduce this stunning wordless picture book, about a little girl's friendship with a bee, to allow young children to understand them better. Muted colours create a gentle atmosphere, and Bee's kind face is anything but threatening. Imaginative, yet informative, the lack of text in 'Bee & Me' allows readers to create the story and give Bee a voice of their choice.' Library Mice. 'A hopeful tale of friendship and flower power...No-one likes to be stung and it looks like the bee might be all over before the story's even begun. Fortunately, a crack in the door of curiosity and bravery opens up the way for a joint adventure bringing plants and flowers across the grey city, delivering beauty and benefits to all city inhabitants, whether honey bees or humans.' Playingbythebook
For the first time, Alison Jay illustrates her own storyline. Her love of nature and sympathy for the smallest creatures comes to the fore as she wordlessly tells the story of a growing friendship and understanding between a little girl and a bumble bee. Given free rein, her artwork is colourful and expressive and gently brings children to an understanding of the relationship between the human world and our natural environment.