Bee & Me (PB)
A little girl befriends a bee that takes her on a journey of discovery, revealing an action that every child can take to aid in conservation. In a wordless story told through enchanting illustrations, Bee & Me tells a tale of friendship and offers an introduction to the ecology of the natural world. Alison Jay's original artwork brings the story gently to life, pointing out the sadness of a world without bees. An afterword makes clear to readers the important role these endangered insects play.
'Good weather and al fresco dining often ends up stressful for parents with many children fearful of bees. Now is therefore the perfect time to introduce this stunning wordless picture book, about a little girl's friendship with a bee, to allow young children to understand them better. Muted colours create a gentle atmosphere, and Bee's kind face is anything but threatening. Imaginative, yet informative, the lack of text in 'Bee & Me' allows readers to create the story and give Bee a voice of their choice.' Library Mice. 'A hopeful tale of friendship and flower power...No-one likes to be stung and it looks like the bee might be all over before the story's even begun. Fortunately, a crack in the door of curiosity and bravery opens up the way for a joint adventure bringing plants and flowers across the grey city, delivering beauty and benefits to all city inhabitants, whether honey bees or humans.' Playingbythebook
For the first time, Alison Jay illustrates her own storyline. Her love of nature and sympathy for the smallest creatures comes to the fore as she wordlessly tells the story of a growing friendship and understanding between a little girl and a bumble bee. Given free rein, her artwork is colourful and expressive and gently brings children to an understanding of the relationship between the human world and our natural environment.