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Please Please the Bees

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  442 ratings  ·  107 reviews
Benedict has a pretty sweet life for a bear. Every morning the bees leave a jar of honey on his doorstep, and every day he has honey for breakfast and honey in his tea. It’s an important part of his day.

But all that changes when the bees go on strike.

Now it’s up to Benedict to listen to the bees, and he realizes there’s a lot more he could be doing to help them. So he fi
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 11th 2017 by Albert Whitman Company
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Ms. B
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture, 2019
When bear learns why the bees go on strike from making honey, he shows his gratitude for their hard work and helps to make a difference in their working conditions.
This would be a great book to share with others on the importance of gratitude. It could also spark a discussion about recognizing the time and talents of others.
Benedict the bear lives a lovely life, including a jar of honey left on his doorstep each morning! At least it's good until it isn't! One day a small bee comes by to tell Benedict that the bees are on strike! No more honey, no more deliveries. This bear doesn't realize the work that the bees are going to just to deliver those jars. He's told that they now have to travel miles to gather their needs, and two queens have left! The hive is falling apart, too. Benedict has no idea of the problems, a ...more
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious - and there's a nice lesson here about bees as well. When the bees' working conditions get too bad, they go on strike. Benedict Bear finally does some research and gets to work to regain the sweet life for everyone.

Kelley's illustrations, especially his use of perspective, are terrific. There are some wry touches that are fun for adults too.
McGuffy Morris
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Benedict is living a very sweet life. Of course, he is a bear, so his needs are pretty straightforward. The best part of his day is when the bees deliver honey to his door each morning. Gerald loves honey!

Honey is a big part of Gerald’s day. He uses it on his toast, he uses it to sweeten his baking. Gerald puts it in his bedtime tea. That is, until the day when there is no honey.

Suddenly, the bees in the yard all go on strike! Benedict tries to go on without honey, but his life is not the same.
Makayla Harrison
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Please Please the Bees is a cute story about a bear who love honey! The bees always leave honey at his front door every morning, but one day they stopped bringing him honey! Benedict the bear was taking the bees for granted. They're bee houses were falling down because Benedict took too much honey everyday, and they were overworked, so they went on strike! Benedict had to have his honey, so he figured out a way to please the bees. He built them new bee hive shelters, and learned how to h
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A great picture book that we have listened to many times thanks to the SAG Foundation including it in their list of titles read by famous actors.

It not only teaches the importance of saying 'Please' but not of taking things for granted in our lives (like our family or friends). We need to be kind and thoughtful rather than just 'take take take'. Also a nice tie-in when explaining to Miss 3 why I need to do companion planting in the garden (i.e. planting ro
The Library Lady
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Oh, how I loved this!
Watching Benedict the Bear go through his rather stuffy daily routine charmed me, it felt rather British in tone. And then I giggled as "the very small bee with a remarkably loud voice," arrived on the scene to declare a strike.(I could just hear Joe Pesci or some such doing the bee's voice.) The grown ups reading this will get the underlying drollery, the kids will just enjoy seeing Benedict learning to appreciate the hands (wings really) that feed him. A winner.
Rachael Terry
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun story about a bear and how he learns to help the bees survive. (not for storytime)
Becca Parsons
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Goodreads SBC summer text
I loved this picture book. It is a sweet tale about a bear called Benedict who loves honey (children can make links to Winnie the Pooh). He is a creature of habit with a repeated daily routine: honey on toast for breakfast, tea with extra honey, baking a honey cake, knitting his honey slogan jumper, running errands and finishing with a good book in bed and a last cup of honey tea. Very sweet! However one day, the Bees decide to go on 'strike' and stop delivering jars
Louise Mardle
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Goodreads SBC summer text

A lovely and simple story that explores themes of respect, selflessness and teamwork. Kelley’s Please Please the Bees uses simple narration and cosy, soft illustrations to tell the humorous story of Benedict the Bear, his love of honey and the Bees that make it for him. A really fantastic children’s book with a great message, charming illustrations and an engaging plot. The image of Bees on strike with their tiny strike signs and raincoats add a sense of ridiculousness a
Lauren Carr
“Please Please the Bees” by Gerald Kelley is a thought-provoking tale of a brown bear who stops receiving his daily honey as he is unappreciative of the bee’s hard work. This tale combines cute innocent images with a hard reality tale, making the content more palatable for young readers. The author highlights the real-life struggle of potentially losing bees through the use of animation. While this story may be used for entertainment purposes, its applications can be much wider in the classroom. ...more
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
The story of a bear whose life becomes less sweet when the bees go on strike. The book was cute, with a funny tone and a comedic art style. It feels like the kind of book that would be able to engage young readers well. The story has a strong message to readers that I think could really be taken advantage of by teachers. The book's lesson on putting in hard work and not taking things for granted could be a great message to teach to students, and the bear's process towards helping the bees could ...more
Madelaine O'Neil
This book did a great job of breaking down a complicated thing and presenting it in a way that children could understand. The book starts out showing the great life that Benedict has, using all the honey he wants that the bees provide for him. Then, the bees go on strike and the reader learns that the bees are over worked producing all the honey for the bear and they want everything to be more fair. Benedict does a lot of work to make life better for the bees and then they are happy to continue ...more
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
5 stars but dropping it down to 4 for blowing it on a serious but small fact (ALL of the worker bees in a hive are boys; how the editor let this slip through and didn't change it amazes me! I love it when kids can learn science in a fun way; let's not blow it by messing it up in the details, please.)

Can't wait to read this in a storytime--especially one with a beekeeper!--love the message and the illustrations. I totally missed in my first reading how all the plants are dead; Benedict is so busy
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a great book to help children understand the importance of not taking people and gifts for granted. Benedict is pretty lazy when it comes to supporting himself and his honey habit until the bees are totally fed up and stop producing for him. He then has to research, work, and develop a good relationship with his little workers. In the end life is much sweeter when everyone lends a hand. My kids enjoy the story and beautiful illustrations. The one that gets the most comment is when Benedict ...more
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Per my second graders: I liked it because when he woke up and went to his door, the bees delivered him honey. I like it because it had a good message of being respectful to others and being grateful. I liked that he started working hard for the bees.
Madison Swim-Hotchkiss
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-books
Please Please the Bees by Gerald Kelley is an amazing children’s book. It is about a bear who gets honey from his bees every day. But one day, the bees go on strike because they have poor working conditions and the bear is taking advantage of them. The bees say until their conditions improve, they will no longer be making any honey for the bear. The bear is initially upset, but then he comes to his senses. He realizes that it is wrong of him to expect the bees to do all of the work just so he ca ...more
Rebecca Morris
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
SBC Summer 20 Text

I loved this book. This book follows a bear called Benedict who has the same daily routine. Every morning, 3 jars of honey are left on his doorstep from the bees. However, one day, Benedict woke up and there was no honey left for him. The bees went on strike! Benedict was not happy about the absence of honey and became discouraged. Benedict tells the bees that they should show some gratitude towards him as he lets them live in his yard but the bees were not happy. Their hive is
Alyssa Drajic
Nov 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a great book about the main the lesson of selfishness. When the main character is confronted about his selfishness he realizes that he was indeed being selfish. Then decides to make some changes and give back to others (to the bees). The physical quality of this hardback cover is great but the pages seem a little flimsy to me. Which would not be good for readers who tend to be a little rough with the pages. The illustrations are great and would keep readers engaged. The colors that are u ...more
Hazel Rainfall
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it
This short little story is extremely over the top PC. It is very liberal-swayed book which is fantastic for parents wanting to help teach their kids about these values. I did not like how inaccurate the science is. I do firmly believe that science should always be represented in an accurate way, so children learn the truth.
I dislike that this bear never goes to work or school, yet does a ton of other daily tasks. I think this teaches kids that working and school is not really part of a daily ro
Tyler Wansack
Please Please the Bees was a great story and I loved the pictures in this story. I feel that children can learn many things when reading this story. You can learn how to please others who have helped you out like when Benedict built the bees new bee hive shelters and became a better beekeeper after the bees had left him honey on his doorstep all those times. Children can also learn what it means to go on strike, which I thought was interesting. It helps children understand the importance of sayi ...more
Lori C
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Genre: Children's Picture Book - Fiction
Ages: K-3rd

This is a great book about empathy, community, and gratitude. Bear is a creature of habit. Every day honey shows up on his doorstep and he really gives no consideration to how it got there. Until the cute little bees go on strike. This is a great lesson for children - and adults! We should all take a little time to think about who is responsible for making, creating, building, and growing the things we use every day. And how we can be more of a
Jared White
A beautiful, quirky book about not taking things for granted and making your yard a happy place for bees. Relating to the last note, I feel like the author or publisher could have included a little information or suggested resources in the back about how people can please the bees.

If you want to go deeper, this book provides an opportunity to have a discussion about working and living conditions for those who provide the things we so often consume without a thought...I do not think about these t
Paul Terpstra
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: want-to-buy
Best book in town! Best bees around!
The bear has the sweet life, everything nice in his life!
Then one day the sweetness sours, and his honey supply is dry.
What will the bear do? Will he improve life for the bees? Or simply sulk and complain.
This book will make you think about fairness. Why should someone work for nothing in horrid work conditions so that the man in charge gets new flashing toys. While you sit and starve.
The bear must change his way, or the sweet life will leave his reach for goo
Lexi Lashley
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Please Please the Bees is definitely a book to keep children on their toes. This picture book is about a bear named Benedict and a bee. The bear has a daily routine, all while the bee brings him 3 jars of honey a day in change for a flower garden! The bee gets fed up that he is not getting any in return and says that the hive is a mess! So, Benedict came to the conclusion that he was being selfish so he went to the store and planted a garden. I love this because it teaches the children how to co ...more
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a really great story about the importance of respect and caring within a home or community. It promotes the idea that when people are living or working together, everyone needs to be cared for and treated well. Additionally, it can connect to the very real-world issue of laborer's rights and how important it is for workers to be treated fairly with good working conditions and fair wage. The way the bees stood up for themselves and the way the bear took it upon himself to make things bett ...more
Carlie Lattanzio
Benedict the bear gets a jar of honey left on his doorstep each morning. One day a small bee comes by to tell Benedict that the bees are on strike and there will No more honey Nobody realizes how much work the bees have to do. Benedict had no idea the problems the bees were going through. The book is a great children's book and is going to keep them entertained. I recommended reading this to a class and teach them a lesson about bees. ...more
Samantha Chafin
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Benedict practices the same routine every morning since he was a young cub. He had the same cup of tea, same breakfast, and routine. This all changed when he woke up one morning and realized the bees were on strike. I think this is a great book that talks about real world situations at a children's level. Understanding that work isn't free and thinking about the needs of others before your own is what this book teaches young children. I really enjoyed this book. ...more
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-lit
Genre: Modern Fantasy

Grade Range: 1st-3rd

Book Review: The illustration style is so soothing to me. This book reminds me of the worker bees being workers in a company that does not treat them well and the bear as the CEO. Seeing the bear try to improve the bee's life to make them more comfortable is so sweet to me. This book is a good reminder that we need to respect and listen to everyone regardless of size
Tompkins County Public Library Youth Services
Want to read a bookabout bears, honey, bees, andsocial justice? Try this one! Benedict the Bear LOVES his honey but he takes the bees who create and supply that honey for granted. When they up and go on strike, a panickingGerald has to figure out why and exactly what to do about it before his world completely falls apart! A funny, up to the minutetake on respect and gratitude by this awesome writer & illustrator.
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