An overextended bee learns to stop and smell the flowers, literally.
Lizzie is a good student at school, takes dance, acting, art, and music lessons (this last shows her playing the piano with one set of hands and violin with another), plays Bee League baseball, and is part of the Junior Honey Scouts. While she looks happy doing all her activities, when asked why she does so many, her answer may trouble: when she someday meets the Queen, she wants to be able to say that she’s the best bee she can be. Meanwhile, her best friend, Lazy Mizz Daisy, enjoys nothing so much as to loll in a flower in the Garden, but Lizzie’s always too busy to accompany her. She’s even busier when she gets the chance to compete in the Spelling Contest: the prize is to meet the Queen! But will all her studying help her or push her over the edge? In the end, Lizzie’s new appreciation of downtime is validated by a new friend who says that “doing nothing…helps me be the best bee I can be.” Shannon’s artwork is heavy on black, white, and yellow, with pops of red and pink, Lizzie’s pigtails making her stand out among the anthropomorphized bees.
A powerful message in this time of overscheduling and de-emphasis of play. (Picture book. 4-8)