- Book Style: Kids Book about a bumble bee
- Reading Level: 2 (Reading With Help due to: mid-range length and some difficult vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 5-7 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Bright, colorful, fun
- Age Target: 1-8 Years of Age
- Author: Yvon Douran
- Author’s Page: Yvon Douran
- Book Purchase Page: Amazon
- Social Media Links: N/A
Bumble The Bee is a story about a bumble bee (named Bumble, obviously) for children. The story starts with Bumble going about his day. He’s going from flower to flower when he’s caught in a rain storm. The rain washes away his yellow stripes, and so Bumble’s friend Bernie works with him to try and fix the situation. However, each time Bernie gives Bumble a solution, he ends up looking like another bug and it doesn’t work out for him. In the end, Bumble meets up with Fairy Bee Mother who has magical powers and restores Bumble to his true self.
The first thing you notice about this story is the positive way in which bees are depicted. I think every parent can agree that bees can cause children quite a bit of anxiety. I’m also pretty sure that we want our children to view bees as a positive so that we can guarantee their future in this world. This book provides a really positive view into bees and it also gives us a few facts about them that are strewn about the story. It’s great that kids will see bees as positive, instead of being scary and painful.
The other thing you’re going to notice (as a parent) is that this book is trying to teach children about challenges. Bumble runs into a personal challenge here, and he has to work through it. He has to respond well or he might forever end up without stripes. Our author, Yvon Douran, has worked hard to make sure that this message of “rising to challenges” is shown strongly throughout the story and that it will stick with your child after reading the book. I think she has succeeded in integrating a great message throughout a fun story.
That’s the other thing I want to talk about in this review. I want to talk about how seamlessly the messages were integrated into what I would consider a pretty fun story. It’s not like you’re hit over the head with lesson after lesson or message after message. Instead, Yvon has expertly woven the messages throughout the book with quite a bit of skill.
Finally, the very manner the book was written in is important to note. Each and every page of this book has multiple rhymes on it. These rhymes give you (the parent) and your child a cadence/rhythm as you read the story. That’s so important for children, as it ensures they will absorb a ton of information. This includes those very important messages that we discussed earlier.
The illustrations in this book were done by Tony Neal. Tony is an illustrator out of the UK and he’s done a great job with the illustrations in this story. I’ve described them above as bright, colorful, and fun, and I mean it. There isn’t an illustration in the book that doesn’t pop off the page. My little guy absolutely loved them and he told me by pointing out many of the characters as we read together.
The characters are drawn in a playful way, and this helps to shape them as characters. Bernie and Bumble are both fun looking bees that appear to be happy-go-lucky and generally act that way throughout the book. Some of the other insects throughout the book have their own distinct look, and that adds to their character as well. You can see what I mean by looking at the illustration of the angry fireflies.
In the case of Bumble The Bee, I think it’s important to understand our author. Yvon Douran is what you would call a nature lover, and I think that shines through in this book. In the last few days, I’ve been in contact with Yvon and she shared with me that as a kid, she developed a very intense love of nature. She’s continued with that love in any way she can, and I think that’s part of the reason she’s produced a book so heavily focused on nature. You can also see this tendency on her Amazon page here (see her other books).
The other thing that I wanted to comment on with regards to Yvon is that she’s been a writer for nearly her whole life. She’s been interested in poetry/rhyming since the ripe old age of 10 and has been studying English literature since that young age. This has obviously pushed her writing to another level. Remember when I commented about the rhyming (above)? Yvon has applied her love of poetry and rhyming inside of this book and I love that it comes from a genuine place.
In the end, this is a great book for a myriad of reasons. The style of rhyming/poetry that Yvon has used makes it an easy read for parents and children alike. The great messaging is fantastic as children will learn a great deal from the story. I absolutely love the fact that a book about bees is so relevant and important in our society, and I love that it’s coming from an author who’s genuinely interested in nature. All this combines together to make this a positive recommendation from us here at Kids Fun Channel. Not only that, but you won’t exactly be breaking the bank to put this book in your child’s collection. At only $5.21 USD for a Kindle copy and $9.99 USD for a paperback copy, this is a great kids story that’s also easy on your budget.
Until next time, Smash, Crash, and Learn!