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Bea's Bees

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Beatrix discovers a wild bumblebee nest on her way home from school and finds herself drawn to their busy world. When her bees mysteriously disappear, Bea hatches a plan to bring them back. Can Bea inspire her school and community to save the bees? Bees provide us with valuable resources, and some types of bees are in danger of disappearing forever. But ordinary people (an ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 28th 2019 by Schiffer Kids
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Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This colourful and delightful little book introduces very young readers to the habits and environment of a bee. The text is straight-forward and easy to understand for small ones and it is nicely complemented by modern, strong artwork. It is sweet, pleasing and positively told with its bright and eye-catching colours and pretty flowers. With Beatrix (Bea) as the strong main character, this wonderful book is perfectly balanced between the story and the message it delivers.

There is a section at th
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this arc from Netgalley for an honest review. This is a great picture book for kids about the importance of bees and how we can help them survive.
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This is a well done book about a young girl named Bea and what happens when she finds a bee colony/hive in an old oak tree in the park. She watches them work and fly. She notices that the bees are lively and happy collecting pollen. She visits them often, until, one day the bees are gone. She decides that she needs to find out what happened to the bees. With the help of the librarian, she discovers that the flowers they used for food disappeared. She continues her research to find out what else ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a great book to share with my library students for Bee Week this week. It was just the right mix of read aloud and bee facts to share before they went to observe our library hive. Cute book!
Rachael Davis (Picture Book Perfect)
This review is from a Saturday Spotlight feature on my blog which includes an interview with both Katherine and Ellie (click here for full feature).

When Bea discovers a hive of bumblebees, she begins visiting them every day until one day she visits and they’ve vanished. She learns all she can about bumblebees and makes it her mission to create an environment for the bees to return, but will she succeed?

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Local author Katherine Pryor has tackled another nature related topic. Added to Zora’s Zucchini and Sylvia’s Spinach is Bea’s Bees.
Bea follows the bees and returns to their home in a tree in the park She is disappointed when they are gone. She notices cut flowers and asks her librarian what type of flowers a bee likes. Bea learns a lot about bees and tries to attract them to her tree where they were housed. She even hands out flower seeds to others, hoping her bees will return to her neighborho
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from Schiffer Kids via NetGalley.
Bea finds a bee colony in an old oak tree in the park. She watches them work and fly. One day, they're gone and she doesn't understand why. She asks her teacher and librarian for help. She discovers that the flowers the bees ate were cut off. Bea continues her research and plants flowers bees like to bring back the colony. She passes wildflower seeds to everyone at the science fair too. Soon flowers bloom all over town. The bees and the butterfl
Kristi Bernard
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bea developed a fondness for bees when she discovered a hive in the park. She noticed the bees were lively and happy collecting pollen. One day the bees were gone. She made it her mission to find out why they left and how to get them back. With the help of a librarian she researched bees the flowers they like and had a plan to get them back.

Young readers will love this book, especially if they love plants and bees. Readers will learn about various plants and how bees need them to survive and so
Erin Buhr
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books
This is a delightful book about bees, but what I actually love most about it is how it empowers children. Not just by telling them they can go make a difference or even by giving them an example of someone does, although it does that too, but because it gives them actual steps to take. Camouflaged in between a well paced story and a character you will root for, are ideas for kids who have questions. What do you do when you don't know why something happened? What do you do when you find out what ...more
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bea's Bees
by Katherine Pryor
This is a great story for empowering young children that they can affect and change things in their world. Bea found a hidden treasure a natural wild bee hive, she was enthralled with the bees, But when the colony disappeared she did not stop at that. Bea when and researched and found out what things she could do to save the bees. Bea found out important bees were. And she did something about it. Its an empowering book with great information, and is the how to for you
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very pleasant and attractive book about a girl who loves her local colony of bees and worries when they vanish, but one with an awkward ending. In just having the bees rush back out of a hole in the ground the implied answer is that they would come back anyway – which kind of defeats the purpose of the book. Still, others might read it differently to me, and in that case the simple lesson in how to encourage bees for all our benefits is a more than decent one. Other books rattle through the st ...more
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The illustrations are simple and pretty and don't distract from the story. It can be used as a nice story or be delved into deeper by bringing awareness to the children that we need to protect our open spaces and flowers so that we can keep the wildlife alive. It is the start of simple conservation talk and I think would work really well.

I would use this book in school with children aged 3-9 years old as I feel like they would all take it on different levels and it is very fle
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
I love this little book! When I am looking for children's titles, the first thing I look for in a story is the lesson. This story teaches several lessons about curiosity, inquisitiveness, learning, patience, community, and hope.

The facts at the end are helpful, as well as the facts and the plan throughout! I enjoyed the illustrations, as they took care to show a caring world.

I delightfully received a digital ARC from Schiffer Publishing Ltd. through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is so lovely!

The wonderful folks at Thomas Allen & Son sent me this book for review and, goodness, I love it. Beatrix discovers a hive of bees in her park. She visits them and watches how they flit about from flower to flower. When her bees disappear, Bea goes to the library to learn all about bees and figure out a way to bring them back. The story is told in perfectly bite-sized bits on gorgeous illustrations. This will be a book your nature-loving kiddo will want to read again and ag
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Thanks NetGalley for providing an advance copy in exchange for my honest opinions.
Kids will be buzzing for Bea and her bees. I loved the representation, and the story of someone who sees the beauty in bees instead of being afraid, and that when faced with their loss, she rolled up her sleeves and found something to do about it. Great tips in the book too about how like minded children could make their own change in their neighborhood!
Juliana Lee
Bea falls in love with bees after finding a hive in an old oak tree. She learns as much as she can about bees. Then one day the bees disappear. Bea vows to help bring them back. She presents her work in the science fair and passes out wildflower seeds to all her classmates. Soon flowers are growing again in her neighborhood and the bees return.
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Bea discovers bees in a park near her home, but they disappear and she wants to know where they went. She asks her teacher and the librarian and then finds books and researches where they have gone. Bea decides to help them come back by creating an environment that welcomes them. The back gives a call to others to create a friendly environment for the bees and why it is important.
Sabrina Voss
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 25-picture-books
This book helps children become inquisitive about the world around them. Learning about Bees also brings about the lesson of learning to care for our environment. Overall this book emphasizes the importance of asking questions and problem solving.
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A cute book with great pictures. A lot of great bee facts to go with the story.
Jessica McAllister
Jan 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
I really enjoyed this book. This would be a great addition to school libraries where kids are learning about pollinators and the importance of bees. Little ones might not understand everything but it would be a great intro to this important environmental topic.
I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Sally Wilsey
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful story on bees to tell a child. This is the story of Bea a young girl who was facinated by the bees who lived in a tree. One day she goes to the tree and finds the bees are gone. The next day the butterfly is gone. She talks to her teacher and librarian and reads all she can about bees. Bea then decides that only flowers will bring back the bees. So she goes on a campaign to bring back the bees to the tree and her neighborhood. This book tells alot about bees and why we need them ...more
Teresa Grabs
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bea is an inquisitive young lady who discovers a bumblebee hive one day after school. When those bees disappear, she begins to ask why and how can she get them to come back. One question led to another, then another, and eventually she learned what bee's need. Using her science fair project as a way to spread what she learned, Bea enlisted the all her friends, and the community, in planting wildflowers in order to attract more bees. The illustrations in the book bring the story to life. It is a ...more
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bea has a problem, all the bees in the hollow tree are gone. She starts asking questions to the adults in her life to find out where they have gone. From her science class she knows that bees are necessary for the fruits and vegetables we eat. So she researched what she needed to do to bring them back. She planted all kinds of wildflowers and plants that they like. She did her science fair project on bees and gave all her friends and classmates wildflower seeds. The bees came back with all the n ...more
Terrie Case
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
​Bea’s Bees is a positive story about bees. So often, bees are depicted as scary, flying insects to be avoided or get stung. This book shows that bees are good. They can fly around you while they search for flowers. It explains what bees do with pollen and how they help. Bea is sad when the bees disappear and researches why they went away and how to get them back. In the end that is exactly what occurs.

​I enjoyed this easy to read book. The illustrations are wonderful. Being afraid of bees was
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
This sweet little book introduces why bees are so important to our environment with some good back-matter. It is about a young girl on a journey to learn more about the bees in her park.
Maria Antonia
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is nice story with delightful illustrations about the importance of bees. Bea discovers that the bees in her neighborhood are disappearing, so she decides to do something about it. I like that this book gives practical steps in what a kid can realistically do to help the pollinators of our world.

At the back of the book, I love how the flowers are labelled with their names.
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a fabulous book with a very important message. I will be purchasing this book and making extra sure to plant some weeks flowers in the garden. My son (nearly 3) loved the story.
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A simply wonderful story of little Bea and her quest to bring the bees back. They have left after someone cut down their flowers. So she does her research, creates a school project and starts to bring the bees back to her tree. We need more books like this. It will be in a favorite rotation in my library for a long time to come.
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Katherine has worked to create better food choices at institutions, large corporations, and food banks. She grew up digging in the soils of California & Arizona, but her home garden is now in Seattle.

She made her picture book debut with Sylvia’s Spinach, which is widely used to support nutrition education and school garden curriculum. Her second picture book, Zora's Zucchini​, won the 2016 Growin

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