By Sergio Ruzzier
Published by Dysney, Hyperion, 2013
Themes: bears, bees, sharing, prejudices
“I am hungry,” says Bear. “Mmm… Honey.”
Bear emerges from his hibernation cave with a distinct craving for honey. He spots a honeycomb, yum. The little bee by its hive offers bear some honey. But bear is hesitant because he knows that bees are big fearsome beasties not to be messed with. There ensures a hilarious interaction as bee gently exposes bear’s prejudices and bear discovers whether or not little bees share their honey.
Why I like this book:
What a clever, fun child-centric way of showing how easily we build up negative misconceptions about others and how often these prejudices are ridiculous and crippling. The illustrations are created with digitally colored pen-and-ink with big bold images of the characters against a simple spring background of blue skies, yellow-green grass, and fresh spring colors. The text is simple and sparse with typical kid-like responses, especially from bear. The only clothing is their footwear, which is priceless!
- Have a child describe an animal and the others guess.
- Sergio’s website: www.ruzzier.com
- The website Understanding Prejudice has some great activities for elementary kids
- And in case you missed it, I did a fabulous interview with the author-illustrator on Wednesday, which you can see here.
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