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The Queen, the Bear, and the Bumblebee
by Dini Petty
Three friends, the Queen, the Bear, and the Bumblebee, set sail on a flying ship into the far reaches of space, where they encounter the charming Prince of Night and his wish-granting crown. The others ask for personal improvements, but the sage Bumblebee is happy to stay his old self. When trouble turns up, the humble bee saves the day with the tried-and-true assets ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 9th 2001 by Beyond Words Publishing
(first published October 2000)
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I used this book on year in our summer reading program. The children loved it and it led to some fun, enlightening activities around self acceptance. They thought the drawings were bright and colorful and they liked the story. The bee does give a positive, if somewhat didactic message. Kids liked how he knew that he could never please everyone and that the best thing to do is to accept himself and feel good about himself. The simple rhymes make it easy for kids to read on their own. All in all, ...more