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3.46  ·  Rating details ·  115 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Buzz, a spunky little bumblebee, has a problem flying after coming across the information that bees should not be able to fly. What happens when believing you can’t keeps you from doing what you can? And what will it take to make Buzz gather the courage to fly again? Kids and parents alike will appreciate Buzz’s dilemma—and eventual triumph!
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published 2010)
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Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
I picked this book up because of the illustration on the cover. It was the best of the illustrations and while I love the quote upon which this book is based the story was just okay for me.
Heather Jo
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: meggie-list
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Megan McReynolds
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: el230a
1. Title: Buzz
2. Rating: 4 stars
3. Review: This book's tell shows the fall from identity, and the self-talk and courage it takes the believe in yourself. I gave the book 4 stars because the beginning went into great detail naming all her friends, and then made the fire climax rather abrupt. If it had featured a self-reflective ending, I may have given it five stars!
Alina Borger
Despite a predictable and somewhat sacchrine story line, some of the illustrations here are so full of life and personality that I wanted to keep them forever.
I'm giving away the ending here so skip this paragraph if you're sensitive to that: Cute book about a bee who read in the news that bees can't fly and, just like an episode of hysterical blindness, all of a sudden loses her ability to fly. This continues until her help is needed in an emergency and she saves one of her friends. The end.

I put this in lapsit because I think the pictures are bold and clear enough to read with a baby.
And I put it in self-help because of the overall message: Learni
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
Buzz is a hero! I wish I had this book when I was discussing "Hero inside of me" Poor Buzz reads part of a newspaper article (half is missing) by a Professor that says Bee's can't fly. Buzz loves to fly and it breaks her heart to find out she can't fly. But she finds out she can and she saves the day!
Stand up for yourself, and do things people say you can't! If it doesn't hurt anyone else, be the best you!! BUZZZ!!!!
Jessica ☕
Aug 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-storybooks
A beautifully illustrated book about believing in yourself, even if others don't.

It is a little long to read cover-to-cover with a pre-k or younger group, but I've found that I can paperclip a few pages together and hop right over them without cutting into the story. I've read this for a few pre-k and younger storytimes, and the kids seem to like it. There are plenty of opportunities to ask them questions about the book and move the plot forward while skipping over some of the text.
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
He LOVES this and has had to read it twice a day since we borrowed it from the library. Overall, I like it, too, but the bee illustrations creep me out a little (why is her face so human? This isn't the case with other animals in the book) and I'm not sure Jonah (age 4) gets the gist of what happened to make the bee think she couldn't fly. Still, I love that the protagonist is female, and the story has a sweet message.
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
I thought the illustrations were cute.

Funny how people and bees will believe what other people tell them, over reality. This poor little bee read that aerodynamically bees should not be able to fly. Then all of a sudden Bee couldn't fly! Fortunately she learns that she really can fly no matter what others say.
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Buzz loves everything about being a bee, especially flying. But one day she reads a newspaper clip that explains why bees can't fly and, taking to heart what she has read, she loses her ability to fly. It's not until she has to save a friend that she recovers from her loss of confidence in her own abilities. This book provides a great lesson for anyone who works with children.
Destiny Dawn Long
I liked the illustrations better than the writing. The story was okay, but pretty predictable. Also, I ended up liking the snail better than Buzz the bee. But, yeah, the oil painting in the illustrations gave them a richness. The size of them also could make this a decent selection for story time with 4-8 year olds.
Aug 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
This bee loved to fly but when she read a partial article that stated bees could not fly, she immediately could not! Only when a friend needed saving did she rediscover her wings. Kind of reminded me of Dumbo!
Miss Sarah
Aug 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: bees
Buzz the bee loves to fly and stop to visit her friends to tell them of her flying adventures. Until one day she reads an article that says bees can't fly. What will happen when her friend the owl needs her to fly to save him? Can bees fly? Preschool for length.
Jul 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: teachers, parents, and kids
Recommended to Relyn by: I love Eileen Spinelli.
Relyn Rating: 3.5 stars

I didn't love this book the way I do many others by Eileen Spinelli. But, I liked it. I also think it would be a great discussion starter for believing in yourself and not listening to anyone who tells you that you can't.
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Buzz is a bee. Her favorite thing to do is to fly. One day while she is flying a gust of wind blows a scrap of newspaper from under a bench. The headline stops her in her tracks..."Bees Can't Fly" and suddenly, she falls plip to the ground. But a fire helps her find her wings again.
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
A friendly bee book.
Jul 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Good for storytime. Friendship. Narrative?
Emily Leeds
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My boys love insects and this is a cute story about a bumble bee. A good moral to teach any kid about never giving up no matter what anyone tells you.
Kayla Christ
This was a cute little story
Sep 22, 2011 rated it liked it
I like the aspect of the expert making the bee question her ability to fly. It could be a help in introducing questioning to young students.
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Such a sweet children's book with beautiful illustrations.
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013, childrens, fiction
Did this story really need an article from a professor?
I understand but I think the execution is lacking.
Mar 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Nicely illustrated with a cute plot, but would need to be contextualized when used with children.
Sep 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
A kind of "I think I can" book with bugs instead of trains
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
Beautiful art, mediocre story.
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Eileen Spinelli, wife of famed children's author Jerry Spinelli, is an award winning children's book author from southeastern Pennsylvania.
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