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The author of Those Shoes and an award-winning illustrator team up for the story of a girl who tries to overcome her fear of bees to see how amazing they are.

Kaia is the brave type. Like hottest-hot-pepper brave. But there is one thing that scares her: BEES! And right now, thousands of bees live on her roof because Kaia's dad is a beekeeper. Her dad says that the world nee
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 10th 2020 by Candlewick Press
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Katie Fitzgerald
This story, in which a young girl's beekeeper dad tries to help her overcome her fear of bees, provides education about the importance of bees alongside a well-portrayed character-building lesson about bravery. ...more
Jennifer
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books-2
The start of not only a great lesson in the importance of bees, but also encouraging kids to be less afraid of them.
Arminzerella
Kaia's father is really into beekeeping and saving honeybees and keeps their family hives on the roof of their apartment building. Kaia brags about their beekeeping adventures to her friends (and she actually knows a fair amount about bees), but she's secretly afraid of them - she got stung once when she accidentally stepped on a bee. When they discover her secret, she's determined to be brave, so she asks her dad to take her up to the hives and together they do an inspection. It's actually real ...more
Lulu's Book Journey
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Linda
Maribeth Boelts lets Kaia tell her story who proclaims she's "hottest-hot-pepper brave" yet we then learn, except for bees! A story about a little girl whose father keeps bees on the roofs shares a universal lesson, to try and try again to face the scary, and then face it again. An early "try" up to the roof with her dad finds Kaia with a sting! After some time, she's ready to visit again with her dad. She finds the courage, this time, to gather the reward, honey. Bright, colorful cartoon-like ...more
Sheri
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fear of bees is common in elementary school children and this addresses that subject with a child whose father raises them in the city on a rooftop. She feels brave until it comes to the bees and becomes her problem to conquer. Dad's hobby is bees and to save them and Kaia is afraid when one comes along but tries to see them in a favorable light. The honey collecting in jars is an interesting part of this book. ...more
Margie
There is no doubt about the value of bees as essential elements in world ecology. Due to their drastic reduction in population, more people have entered the field as keepers of bees. Kaia and the Bees (Candlewick Press, March 10, 2020) written by Maribeth Boelts with illustrations by Angela Dominguez explores life with a young girl whose father is a beekeeper.

This is a book to be enjoyed for numerous reasons. It's a story of bravery. It's a story of beekeeping. It's a story of how to care for th
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Diane
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kaia is a sweet young girl who is very brave when it comes to most things. Her dad, however, is a beekeeper and ever since Kaia stepped on a bee one day and was stung, she is now afraid of bees. Her dad tries to educate her on the importance of honeybees as he teaches her about making honey and the jarring process. As Kaia tries to overcome her bee phobia, she can't seem to forget that bee stings hurt.

I liked this book a lot, it addresses fears, teaches children about the importance of bees and
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Barbra
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kaia is afraid of bees, which is unfortunate because her dad is a bee keeper. She has to be brave and help him out and so she puts on a special suit and learns all about them. However when she receives a sting she helps out with the honey preparation and learns to respect them. A great story to explain and remind young readers about the importance of bees.
Lynn
Apr 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Kaia is afraid of bees, a fear shared by so many small children, but Kaia's father is a bee-keeper. As Kaia's father teachers her about the wonders of bees and honey-making, Kaia gradually loses her fear.

A well-done story for very young readers. A missed chance though to provide more information in the back matter.
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Heidi
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
How to overcome a fear when the cause of that fear is so important to a family member? Kaia is afraid of bees, having stepped on one. Although her dad keeps bees, she wants nothing to do with them. An incident at school forces Kaia to step beyond her fear. A good story about owning up to being afraid and of facing your fears. Beautiful illustrations.
Molly Cluff (Library!)
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a very nuanced story that was one part about overcoming fears while also being pretty educational about beekeeping. Kaia's journey to being brave definitely wasn't a point A to point B journey--there were moments she'd lie to her friends about being braver than she was, a moment where she tried to be brave and got stung anyway, and finally overcoming her fears at the end. ...more
Jennifer
Keika’s dad is a beekeeper but Keika is scared of the bees! Can you get over her fear to see the beauty in bees? Two stars because of the terrible font and I think the author missed an opportunity to include some backmatter about why bees are vital to the ecosystem and the current crisis with them disappearing.
Ricki
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
I was surprised to see a slightly lower rating on this book. My kids and I really enjoyed it, and we read a LOT of books together. It was great to talk about their fear of bees and the importance of bees in the ecosystem. I recommend it!
Kathryn
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-read
Bees are awesome
Tracie
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Kaia's family are beekeepers, but she is afraid of bees. ...more
Becky
Mar 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Kaia's dad is a beekeeper but Kaia is scared of bees - maybe because she just thinks you SHOULD be scared of bees. So her Dad teaches her slowly how bees aren't that bad! AND they do make honey!! ...more
Edward Sullivan
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Kaia's beekeeping father helps gently and gradually helps her overcome her fear of bees. ...more
Heather
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Excellent picture book about facing fears (and learning about bees!).
Pinky
May 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Paul Terpstra
Jul 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Nice book about facing your fears and being brave. Nice to learn about bees and how important they are
J.L. Slipak
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The author of Those Shoes and an award-winning illustrator team up for the story of a girl who tries to overcome her fear of bees to see how amazing they are.

Kaia is the brave type. Like hottest-hot-pepper brave. But there is one thing that scares her: BEES! And right now, thousands of bees live on her roof because Kaia’s dad is a beekeeper. Her dad says that the world needs bees and that’s why they are beekeepers. But only he goes on the roof, not Kaia — unless she can find a way to be the brav
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Cara
Dec 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Kaia has a very strong voice, which is used to share her story with the reader and convey her fears about bees while also sharing information about why bees are important (her dad researches them and is a beekeeper). In the end, she makes peace with the bees, allowing the reader to see that it’s okay to have a complicated relationship with this species. The cartoon illustrations were created in colored pencil with color added digitally; they include a multicultural cast of characters and are at ...more
Ellon
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I like that the book promotes bees and their importance. I like that the main character has something she was afraid of but worked to overcome (and it wasn’t the easiest to overcome as she had a big setback). I wish there was some back matter that explained a little more about bees.
Calvin Read
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, nature
I love this little book! Kaia is brave, but she's scared of bees. She doesn't stop being afraid of bees, but she comes to appreciate their importance and face her fears when she needs to. A good book about fear and anxiety as well as honoring that bees make the world go 'round. ...more
Kelly
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a great story of fears and overcoming them. Very relatable.
Anneke Alnatour
Great picture book on bees. Yes, the story is maybe a bit inconsistent, but the overall message on bees and the portrayal of diverse characters made this a 4-star book!
Miss Sarah
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
A preschool and up book about a family who raises bees for honey and the child working to overcome her fear of the bees.
Loni
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Great introduction to the importance of honeybee's and beekeeping. ...more
Syntha Green
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A great story about working to overcome a fear
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Maribeth Boelts is a former preschool teacher who has written numerous books for children. She lives in Iowa with her husband and three children.

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