THANK YOU, BEES by Toni Yuly

THANK YOU, BEES

by ; illustrated by
Age Range: 2 - 5
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

Nature’s gifts are recognized and celebrated in this minimalist picture book that links gratitude with life itself.

“Sun gives us light. / Thank you, sun. / Bees give us honey. / Thank you, bees.” So begins the chain of connections between resource and product. Sheep give wool, clouds give rain, trees give wood, and dirt gives plants, all depicted with bold, figurative images created in digital collage with ink, tissue, fabric, paper, and wood and set on double-page spreads. Fuzzy, torn-paper edges combine with natural textures to reinforce the organic nature of these connections. Large black lettering alternates statements indicating the various gifts with simple thank-you’s. A pale-skinned child guides readers through each concept, depicted eating honey, wearing a wool cap, happily standing in a rain shower, perched in a wooden treehouse and then planting a tree, and eating a carrot. Finally, the child is seen peacefully asleep in bed after thanking Earth. “Earth gives us our home. / Thank you, Earth.”

Appreciation is emblematic in this attractive and uncomplicated narrative that may also serve as a nondenominational bedtime prayer for the very young. (Picture book. 2-5)

Pub Date: Sept. 12th, 2017
ISBN: 978-0-7636-9261-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Candlewick
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2017




MORE BY TONI YULY

ChildrenCAT NAP by Toni Yuly
by Toni Yuly
ChildrenNIGHT OWL by Toni Yuly
by Toni Yuly

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenHONEY by David Ezra Stein
by David Ezra Stein
ChildrenI IMAGINE by Rachel Rivett
by Rachel Rivett
ChildrenNATURE by Thomas Hegbrook
by Thomas Hegbrook