The Resource Bear and Bee, by Sergio Ruzzier

Bear and Bee, by Sergio Ruzzier

Label
Bear and Bee
Title
Bear and Bee
Statement of responsibility
by Sergio Ruzzier
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A hungry bear discovers that bees are not terrible monsters who never share their honey
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Character
Illustration
Review
  • Preschool-Grade 1 Bear wakes up hungry from hibernation, and the only food source in sight is a beehive. When the bee on top of the hive offers up his honey, Bear says, But what about the bee? See, Bear doesn’t actually know what a bee is—it’s certainly not the creature he is talking to—and his preconceived notions about bees include that they’re terrible monsters! with large teeth and sharp claws. As Bee rightly points out, Bear has large teeth and sharp claws. This leads to the funniest moment in the book, when Bear has a horrific realization: I AM A BEE! Of course, all is sorted in the end, and honey is shared. This sweet, if slight, story cleverly begins on the endpapers, which depict snowfall, followed by a hibernating bear, and then a thaw on the title page. Ruzzier’s unlikely friends, rendered in pen-and-ink and colored digitally, are charmers with stylish taste in footwear: Bee wears nothing but high-tops and Bear, red slides. The anti-snap-judgment message is wrapped in cuteness, making it just right for the preschool set. -- Kelley, Ann (Reviewed 03-01-2013) (Booklist, vol 109, number 13, p69)
  • PreS-K — Bear has never seen bees before but he describes them as terrible monsters. "They are big, and they have large teeth, and they have sharp claws, and they never share their honey!" Bear learns to appreciate the qualities of bees (and bears) when he unexpectedly meets one for the first time. The bee points out that Bear has described himself, leaving him in despair until Bee reveals his own identity. Their humorous conversation, which remedies Bear's prejudice, ends with a shared meal of honey between two new friends. Digitally colored pen-and-ink illustrations depict close-ups of the characters against a simple spring background of turquoise skies, yellow-green grass, and sprightly flowers. The minimal text is comprised of dialogue between the two characters. Expressive words appear in boldface type. The starry scene at the end of the book makes this story a good choice for bedtime as well.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada --Tanya Boudreau (Reviewed May 1, 2013) (School Library Journal, vol 59, issue 5, p85)
  • Bear has never seen a bee, but he doesn’t like them and has no doubt they don’t play well with others. “Bees are terrible monsters!” Bear says. “They are big, and they have large teeth, and they have sharp claws, and they never share their honey!” Luckily, Bee, who is standing right in front of Bear as he unfurls this lurid fantasy, seizes this as a teachable moment, and points out that Bear actually has many of the qualities that he ascribes to bees. After some momentary confusion (“Poor me! I’m a Bee!” wails Bear, flinging himself to the ground in despair), the two become honey-sharing buddies. Ruzzier’s (Tweak Tweak) cartooned pen-and-ink drawings are a bit underwhelming; the relatively minimal backgrounds only emphasize the weak characterizations (the characters’ facial expressions are tepid, and putting Bee in high top sneakers is no substitute for giving him a personality). But Ruzzier has a solid sense of comic timing and proffers his lesson on the folly of prejudice with an admirably light touch. Ages 2–5. Agent: George Nicholson, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed December 24, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 52, p)
  • When a bear wakes up hungry from his winter nap, a beehive and its honey seem to be the perfect answer to his problem--but what about the bee? While Bear has never seen a bee, he knows they "are terrible monsters! They are big, and they have large teeth, and they have sharp claws, and they never share their honey!" He explains this to a nearby bee. (The "bees" Bear imagines are green alien-looking creatures sporting horns and curling proboscises.) But as Bee points out, one quality per spread, Bear shares all those characteristics with bees, at which point Bear dissolves into tears: He's a bee! Bee quickly corrects Bear's mistake and reveals what he is, lack of teeth and claws and all. And as for sharing honey…he is happy to. Short sentences with simple vocabulary and lots of repetition make this a good choice for beginning readers, who can use the illustrations' clues to puzzle out more challenging words. Front endpapers and the dedication and copyright pages make a pleasing visual beginning to this story. Best of all, Ruzzier's pacing is impeccable, adding to the suspense of Bear's discovery and the sweet start of the duo's friendship. The digitally colored pen-and-ink illustrations are simple and uncluttered, keeping the focus on the two expressive friends and making this a great choice for sharing with groups. The correction of misconceptions has never been so much fun. (Picture book. 2-5)(Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2013)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10174014
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1966-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ruzzier, Sergio
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.R9475
LC item number
Be 2013
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 0
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Bear and Bee
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Bears
  • Bees
  • Sharing
  • Prejudices
  • Bears
  • Bees
  • Sharing
  • Friendship
  • Prejudices
  • Bears
  • Bees
  • Prejudices
  • Sharing
Target audience
preschool
Label
Bear and Bee, by Sergio Ruzzier
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn757177263
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781423159575
Lccn
2011032426
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)757177263
Label
Bear and Bee, by Sergio Ruzzier
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn757177263
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781423159575
Lccn
2011032426
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)757177263

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