Bear and Bee
by Sergio Ruzzier; illus. by the author
Preschool Disney-Hyperion 48 pp.
3/13 978-1-4231-5957-5 $14.99
Bear wants some honey, but he is too afraid of bees to approach a hive that’s hanging off a tree branch, just at eye level. He shares his fears with a stranger, who asks him if he’s ever seen a bee. The fearsome creature Bear then imagines and describes to the stranger is nothing like a real bee, but very much like a bear. And even the youngest audience will know that the sympathetic stranger Bear is talking to is, in fact, a bee, and that there is nothing at all to fear in either one of them. Bear wears flip-flops and Bee wears high-top sneakers in the comical illustrations printed in monochromatic hues. Ruzzier clearly understands the psyches of young children, who are more likely to fear bees than bears and who will delight in being smarter — and braver — than Bear. A sure hit for the story-hour set.
From the May/June 2013 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.