Horsefly and Honeybee
Published by: Henry Holt and Co.1 edition (March 27, 2012)
Ages: 3 – 8 years
Theme: adventure, sharing, friendship
Opening Lines: Honeybee was tired. So she stretched and yawned and plopped down inside a flower for a nap. But Horsefly was already inside.
Synopsis: When Honeybee decides to take a nap in the same flower as Horsefly, trouble ensues! They don’t want to share, and after quarrelling, run away in opposite directions. But it isn’t long until they meet again… They have both been captured by hungry Bullfrog! If Horsefly and Honeybee are to escape before dinnertime, they must find a way to work together.
Why I like this: Beautiful cute illustrations such as the one on the cover in bright colours of blues and greens with touches of pinks and oranges in full page spreads is a delight to look at, especially for little kids. Again another clever text in short punchy sentences this time with refrains. Sometimes in life we don’t realise our true friends until life throws us a curveball. I loved the quote at the end “We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.” -Luciana De Crescenza.
Again I have noticed when reviewing picture books how sparse the text is especially when the author illustrates their own books such as this one. There is so much that is left to the illustrations.
Resources/Findings: Here is a reading of the book.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlzR9vR5h10
Randy has a great website for this book. Loaded with activities, research links, nature studies on frogs, bees, flys etc… and games…. http://suzyred.com/pbks2013_Horsefly_and_Honeybee.html
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