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Author: Matheson, Christie
Illustrations and simple, rhyming text invite the reader to uncover the rainbow of colors hidden in a garden, which helps flowers bloom and bees find food. Includes facts about bees and their importance.
Kirkus Reviews (+) (04/01/20)
School Library Journal (06/01/20)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 03/01/2020 Employing rhyming text and vibrant illustrations—and some busy bees—this title introduces colors, counting, and apiary activities in an engaging fashion. “One little bee peeks out to see / a world of gray and snow. / She’s looking for bright colors. / And she needs you to help them grow.” With spring’s arrival, a range of colors, with correspondingly hued backgrounds and flower types, appears—orange tulips, blue hyacinths, and so on—as do an increasing number of bees for readers to find in each illustration. Eventually, flowers give way to colorful fruits, thanks to the bees’ endeavors. An inviting mix of watercolors and collage creates simplified looks at plants and bees, as cheerful, reader-directed prose injects a playfulness (“please brush the snow / off the budding camellia trees”) to this bouncy lesson on pollination. Some terms may be complex or less familiar (foraging, indigo), and the text’s rhythm and rhyme schemes can lack flow. Nonetheless, on multiple levels, there’s plenty to delight young ones here. An endnote specifically focuses on bees, their characteristics, and their contributions to nature. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 06/01/2020 K-Gr 2—Told in rhyming couplets, this engaging concept book shows young children how people and bees can benefit each other. The seven colors of the rainbow are introduced as youngsters search for up to ten bees hidden in the cheerful, brightly-colored illustrations. "First, please brush the snow off the budding camellia trees," "point to the crocus shoots," and "blow a kiss to the lovely lilac trees" are instructions for readers. Trees, flowers, and shrubs are labeled throughout the book as a simple beginner plant identification guide. At one point, the story stops for a shower: "The bees don't like the rain, but it's important for the flowers." The book concludes with a brief informational section about bees and their activities. VERDICT Use this title with Lois Ehlert's Planting a Rainbow and Jorey Hurley's Beehive for a charming and interactive story hour.—Maryann H. Owen, Oak Creek P.L., WI - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.