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The Very Greedy Bee

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  120 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews

A greedy bee guzzles nectar and gobbles pollen, and won't share with anyone. One day the bee comes upon a meadow full of juicy blossoms. He goes from flower to flower, slurping up all he can, all the while growing fatter and fatter, until he is unable to fly home.

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Tiger Tales (first published 2007)
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Christine Turner
MINE! Thats what the very greedy bee says to anyone who asks him to share. While all the other bees work hard to clean the hive and make honey, the very greedy bee spends all of his time gobbling pollen and guzzling nectar. One day the very greedy bee finds a meadow full of flowers and decides not to tell anyone. He spends the entire day buzzing from flower to flower until THUMP. The very greedy bee is so full that he cannot fly! It's getting dark and he doesn't know how to get home unless he fl ...more
Kristi Bernard
Sep 02, 2010 Kristi Bernard rated it it was amazing
A greedy little bee doesn't like to share his nectar. He won't even share his flower with a tired lady bug just looking to rest. When the greedy little bee discovers a meadow of big juicy flowers, rest assured he won't let anyone else in on his little secret. He slurps up all of the nectar from the flowers and he gets fatter and fatter and soon he can no longer fly. He takes a nap and when he awakes its dark and spooky. Very frightened he gets help from two little fire flies wondering about and ...more
Bernice Gill
Jan 03, 2014 Bernice Gill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book very enjoyable and beautifully illustrated.

A good aspect of this book is the sheer amount of descriptive words that the book uses. the movements of the Bee with words such as Biff Bump and Baff. They are fun and descriptive and are also good for young children to practice their sounds when reading.

The language is fun and has an easy flow and has a lovely moral behind the story to encourage children about sharing and the consequences of being greedy and mean to others. A good s
Sandi Roe
Jul 21, 2014 Sandi Roe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: family
The very greedy bee does not like to share. He won't share his nectar or even let a tired ladybug rest on one of the flowers. After he over indulges on nectar, he learns how nice it is when other insects help him, and learns to share with others.
Miss Sarah
Jul 27, 2016 Miss Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: bees
a very greedy bee heads off in search of more food and then gets lost. How will he get home? Who will help him? And will eh learn anything on his journey? A little long but worth it. Preschool for length.
We used this book as a flannel board because we had all the puppets for it. It was well received.
James Vickery
Mar 27, 2012 James Vickery rated it it was amazing
In this book there is a very greedy bumble bee that does not let anyone sit on the flower pedals that she sits on. She does not share her nectar with anyone at all. One day she finds a beautiful, untouched, flower patch. In all of her greed, she slurps the nectar from every flower and becomes so big that she can't fly. When night falls she sees two, big, glowing eyes. The bee begins to get very scared. It turns out to be some friendly fireflies that escort her back home. When she gets home she r ...more
Neil Nicholson
The story is a bout a selfish bee who keeps a meadow of flowers to himself so that he can eat all he wants. He soon gets so full that he falls off the flower and is lost in the grass. Too heavy to fly, the bee is guided by two fireflies that help him find his way home. Happy to be home, the bee decides not to be so selfish. I would recommend this book for preK and kindergartners. After the story, teacher and students can discuss bee facts such as where they live and what they eat. After discussi ...more
Mar 06, 2013 Breanna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: colors, sharing
This book has a lot onomatopoeia present. This book is great. I fell in love with this book the first time I read it. It is a good book about bees, and what they do with flowers. It also sends a couple of good messages such as: always be nice to people because you never know who you will need, and to not eat so much because you will get fat and lazy.

Extension: I will bring in some honey and we will have a taste test with the different kinds of food that you can eat with honey.

May 05, 2009 Katrina added it
Recommends it for: Parents needing a Sharing Story and Spring/Bee Storytimes
"MINE!" That's what the very greedy bee says to anyone who asks him to share, but soon he has to rely on the kindness of others to help him get home. The moral of the story is well told. The cartoonlike artwork, with bold, rounded, brightly colored creatures, leaps off the page. The rousing text, replete with sound effects and varied fonts, will work well with groups. Good for spring or bee storytimes as well as a good moral story for parents to use. Ages 4-8.
Dec 03, 2010 Paris rated it liked it
Shelves: science, feelings
I would recommend this book to 1st Grade. This book is about a greedy bee who was selfish and mean but later became sharing and kind after gainging help from others. I would use this book to teach how to treat others and how it is important to treat others the way you would want to be treated. I would also use this book as a supplement to classroom agreements.
Sabrina Henry
Jun 19, 2010 Sabrina Henry rated it liked it
The Very Greedy Bee is about a bee that ate too much and also did not share. This book is humorous and has colorful illustrations. The insects and animals in this book are depicted to be happy and very chirpy.
This a simple book to use to teach children about character.
Dec 10, 2013 Kiri rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Karina loves this book. Not necessarily a predictable book, but still can be used to build reading confidence for young readers. Possible for science perfect pair for Kinder or 1st. Takes about nectar.
Gr. K-2
BL. 2.5
Jul 20, 2012 Paula rated it liked it
A greedy bee learns a lesson when he "slurps and burps" too much nectar, falls asleep in a meadow, and needs help from other insects to find his way home after dark.
May 01, 2014 Mmebrittney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it is all about a bee I did not like he is greedy bee he want's to have all the flower's to his self by Kalyn Johnson
May 23, 2009 Susan rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books-jp
A greedy bee eats too much honey and is so fat he cannot get home. Sigh. Pair this with Rainbow Fish for a PC festival.
Dec 17, 2013 Dorian rated it really liked it
Shelves: early-childhood
This little bee is greedy enough for two! This book introduces what it means to share with others for little kids.
A cute and simple story about being too greedy and also making and keeping friends.
Good story about sharing and helping others in need. Nothing special though.
Nov 28, 2012 Trish rated it really liked it
Shelves: je, 2012
This was a cute book. It is about being greedy. I liked the illustrations.
Andreas Bucher
Feb 21, 2010 Andreas Bucher rated it liked it
As a present with a card an the right words just great.
Aug 29, 2008 Becky rated it it was amazing
Likes this book, has good Illustrations and a great point
Jan 27, 2009 Frank rated it really liked it
Frank was totally into this story.
Apr 01, 2011 Carol rated it really liked it
Shelves: storytime
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Steve Smallman lives in Staffordshire with his wife, two dogs and two cats. He has four children and a grandchild. Steve has been illustrating children’s books for almost 30 years and writing his own stories for slightly less. He also teaches illustration workshops in schools, including mural-painting. Steve is the author of Smelly Peter the Great Pea Eater (Winner of the Sheffield Children's Book ...more
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