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Thursday 28 October 2010

Review: Willbee the Bumblebee

This is a cute little rhyming story about a little bumblebee, Willbee, whose jersey/jumper unravels on a rose thorn. It leaves him stranded and naked in the garden.

It’s the end of the day and the cold is setting in and just what is a naked little bee to do? Thank heavens for others in our lives that help us out of embarrassing situations and Willbee the Bumblebee manages to teach this lesson of gratitude to the young in a lovely light-hearted way.

Katz Cowley’s illustrations are just stunning, bringing to life the ordinary in the garden and helping us to see the beauty in the everyday.  

There is also a great CD to accompany this story, setting the story to a very cool Blues tune written and performed by Craig Smith. The CD is really effective in taking the story to the next level.

Title: Willbee the Bumblebee
Author: Craig Smith and Maureen Thomson
Illustrator: Katz Cowley, music by Craig Smith
Publisher: Scholastic, A$16.99
Publication Date: 2010
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9871869439439
For ages: 2 – 10
Type: Picture Book

- this review by Cate Hale