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Author: Stein, David Ezra
A young bear wakes from hibernation craving honey, but soon recalls the many things he can enjoy while waiting for his favorite food to be ready.
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.40
Points: .5 Quiz: 195141
Kirkus Reviews (02/01/18)
School Library Journal (+) (01/01/18)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/04/18)
The Hornbook (00/07/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 01/01/2018 PreS-Gr 2—The curious young bear from Leaves returns for "his second year," fresh from hibernation and eager for the taste of honey. Though he can remember it perfectly, "spicy, aromatic, sparkling with sunlight," he soon realizes that it's too early in the season to find any honey. In the meantime, the other delights of spring and summer beckon, and the bear relishes warm grass, bursting berries, and rushing rain as he waits for the telltale buzz that heralds his favorite treat. Highlighting the natural greens and golds of summer, Stein's pen-and-watercolor illustrations are suffused with loose, childlike exuberance, while their relatively small scale (each page is bordered with ample white space) invites a sense of intimacy, drawing readers into the bear's anticipation and eventual satisfaction. Throughout, the art balances the straightforward sensory details of the text, with some actions described and others—such as a well-deserved bee sting on the nose—purely visual ("Busy bees don't like to be bothered."). VERDICT A seasonal read with storytime potential and staying power, Honey is not to be missed.—Rebecca Honeycutt, NoveList, Durham, NC - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 02/01/2018 Bear has awoken from his first hibernation. With his stomach growling, he digs and scrapes for something to eat. Suddenly he recalls . . . honey! He runs to the tree where bees live, but it’s too early in the year for honey. Now everything he sees reminds him of it, from the sticky sap and the golden meadow to the sweet smell of warm grass and the clear, flowing stream. He waits and waits and tries again, only to be stung by the bees. After more time passes, he finally feasts on honey, a summer highlight to remember as fall returns. The text emphasizes Bear’s single-minded pursuit, but when he must wait, it turns to his delight in the world around him as the spring turns to summer and then fall. The short sentences and the many sensory words work well, helping readers to share his experiences. Created with bamboo pen, watercolor, and touches of white acrylic, the freewheeling, expressive illustrations bring Bear’s world to life on the page. A well-crafted sequel to Leaves (2007). - Copyright 2018 Booklist.