Perfect Picture Book Friday! The Bee Bully by Angela Muse

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it talks about a very important message – bullying.

The Bee Bully
By Angela Muse
Illustrated by Ewa Podles
32 pages – Ages 4+
Published by  CreateSpace on August 4, 2012

Theme/Topic – Bullying/Being bullied

Opening and Synopsis –  

“In a green meadow inside an old tree

 lived all alone, a very angry little bee.”

A bee is bullying the animals around him when they get in his way. But when a little boy catches the bee in a jar, the angry little bee has time to think about what he has done.

Why I liked this book – Bullying is a very important subject. My school has a whole anti-bullying program. I think this is a good book to talk about bullying to younger kids. I have to admit I loved the book right away because the illustrations are awesome. When I read the words I thought the story and the rhyme it is told in really helped talk about a tough subject (bullying). I like how the bee had to think about how he was treating the other animals and realized he was wrong. This would be a good book for pre-schoolers too.

Activities and Resources –

Did you know that October is National Bullying Prevention Month? Well, IT IS! You can read more about it at the official website by clicking HERE. The official site also has a whole list of activities to do like coloring pages, puppet shows, dancing,  and songs. There are even teacher kits. Click HERE to go to it.

Vivian Kirkfield of the Positive Parental Participation blog just did an interview with a news station where she talked about signs to watch for to see if your kids is getting bullied. I thought the interview was great! Click HERE to go to her post about it.

For more information about Angela Muse and her books, please visit her website by clicking HERE.

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE

Categories: Age 1-5

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32 replies

  1. There can never be too many bullying books. The earlier the better. This one sounds cute.

  2. Sounds like a great book, Erik, and I love your resources. Thanks so much for adding this one to our list. Like Genevieve said, there can never be too many books about bullying!

  3. So thst’s why there’s a few books on bullying today. This one sounds super and beautiful illos!

  4. I think often anthropomorphism helps with difficult topics like bullying. I like that this is a bee. I also loved Vivian’s interview – great idea to highlight it again.

  5. Very good choice for PPBF. Bullying is a tough subject but having great books like this, it can help with discussions on this topic.

  6. A wonderful review for such a beautifully illustrated book. A universal message told cleverly is always a winner. Thankyou so much for sharing Erik.

  7. Sounds like a good one on the topic of bullying, that even the youngest of readers can comprehend. Thanks for sharing it, Erik!

  8. This sounds like a perfect book on the subject…one that even the smallest child can comprehend. Thanks for sharing it, Erik!

  9. It is such an important issue. And what a great way to get a message across…through rhyme.

  10. Great review, Erik! I love that catching the bee in the jar stands in for a ‘time out’ for the bee.

  11. We’ve read the The Nutt Family by Angela and just so you know, The Pig Princess is available for FREE today on Amazon (the 28th). Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  12. Great minds think a like. This book sounds fun and like a winner for young kids. Best to start early. Yes, I did know that it is National Bullying month was coming up, but thought it was November. Great review Erik!!

  13. This is great, Erik! My PPBF pick is also about bullying (Swimmy and the anti-bullying app,Awesome Upstander). I don’t know this book…it sounds great for younger kids also…and I thank you so much for the shout-out about the 9News bullying segment. 🙂

  14. Sounds like a wonderful book Erik. It is important to bring up the subject of bullying early in a child’s life.

  15. Thanks for alerting us about October being National Bullying Prevention Month – I think it’s something that doesn’t receive as much attention as it deserves. We did think about having a theme like this in GatheringBooks once – we should revisit that concept again. This book also sounds meaningful and important, yet fun too.

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