“A story of bravery and how important our bees are. A great story for young children.” – Momma Braga
Kaia is the brave type. Like the hottest-hot-pepper brave. But there is one thing that scares her: BEES! And right now, thousands of beed live on her roof because Kaia’s dad is a beekeeper. Her dad says that the world needs bees and that’s why they are beekeepers. But only he goes on the roof, not Kaia – unless she can find a way to be the brave girl she always says she is. Against a sunny city setting, author Maribeth Boelts and illustrator Angela Dominguez depict Kaia’s small courageous steps – and her tiny insect neighbors – with great empathy and charm. Buzzing with storytime potential, Kaia and the Bees is an honest and relatable tale about bravert and compassion, as well as the importance of bees to our world.
Kaia and the Bees has buzzzed right into our hearts with this tale.
We loved the storyline as it not only provides the important conversation of bees and the importance of them but it shows how compassion can make a difference in the way we look at things. We also love the illustrations in the book too. Such an important tale to tell to our young children. Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give it 5 buzzes out of 5! Such a great story to really help the conversation on how we can protect the bees!
This story is perfect for children ages four to eight. If you would like to purchase a copy for your reading lineup, click here.
A Note From The Author
In becoming beekeepers, our family developed an empathy and deep appreciation for bees. We saw them at both their very strongest – making honey, pollinating plants, and raising their young – and as they were weakened by some of their many challenges, such as modern-day chemicals in the environment, lack of forage, and changing weather patterns. It was worth the occasional stings to know that we were doing something good for the world around us and making our bees happy and productive, too. Kaia and the Bees was written to celebrate honeybees, increase understanding and awareness about them, and, in turn, decrease a common fear. Bees need our help and protection, and we need the bees!
About the Author
Maribeth Boelts is the author of many books for young readers, including Happy Like Soccer, illustrated by Lauren Castillo, and Those Shoes and A Bike Like Sergio’s, both illustrated by Noah Z. Jones. Maribeth Boelts lives in Iowa.
About The Illustrator
Angela Dominguez has created many books for young readers, including Maria Had a Little Llama/María Tenía Una Llamita, a Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Honor Book. She also illustrated Mango, Abuela, and Me, written by Meg Medina, also a Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Honor Book. Angela Dominguez lives in New York City.
Until next time…Happy Parenting!
*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.