Bee - & - Me by Alison Jay
Published by Old Barn Books
When you open up the picture book Bee - & - Me you are in for a visual delight. Without text Jay conveys the story of a young city girl who puts down her fly swat when a distressed bee needs her help in search of nectar. The little girl’s dreary muted town is plant free. The girl feeds it and cares for it and releases it into the world. But one rainy day the bee is back requiring more food and care and so a friendship begins. The little bee grows bigger and bigger until she is larger than the little girl. Together they are able to fly out the window and back to the bee’s sanctuary of wild plants and together collect and pollinate the town.
The bee must return to her home.
The town blooms and so does the little girl’s life as she meets a human friend. But her dear friend the bee returns and is revealed as Queen Bee the most important bee of all.
The illustrations are charming and a really effective way of explaining the importance of bees and the importance of maintaining their habitat in all places -plants and flowers. As a secondary effect the bees’ toil gives us joy and beauty and produce. As the world’s bee population declines it is timely reminder of how we can help.
Beautifully entertaining and gently informative I recommend the book for ages between three and one hundred and three.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author/Illustrator: Alison Jay
Title: Be - & - Me
Publisher: Old Barn Books
Published: July 2016