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Beezley by Kathy Smart

Librarian Laura’s Review of Beezley

Beezley is a sweet children’s story filled with loveable animal characters of many types. Along with an entertaining, well-written story, and realistic illustrations on each page, Beezley provides an uplifting message to readers that its okay to look different and to be unique.

Beezley, a bumblebee, is feeling down on herself because of her glowing stripes that cause her to be ridiculed by other bumblebees. Along with that, she has to stay in a tree all by herself rather than in the hive with the other bees, because her glowing stripes bother everyone else. She seeks help from some generous friends in an attempt to conceal her glowing stripes, but nothing seems to do the trick for very long.

Then, in a chance meeting with a new bee, Max, who also looks very different, Beezley is inspired to be brave during an attack from a mean badger. She is able to use her glowing stripes to help save the day, and the lives of many bees from her hive. Most importantly, however, Beezley makes a new friend who gives her a very special, meaningful gift at the end of the story.

Beezley is a wonderful story to read aloud with children to spark conversations about kindness, empathy, and the golden rule. In learning that its okay to look different, just like Beezley, children gain acceptance, humility, and awareness of other’s unique differences. Beezley is written to entertain readers, but the subtle lesson and message of the story will fill up their hearts with kindness.

Thank you to the author for providing me with a complimentary review copy of this book in exchange for honest feedback. Watch my Little Free Library, as a copy will be arriving there very soon!

📘About the Book:

Beezley, with her unusual, glowing yellow stripes, is willing to do just about anything to get rid of them. Her stripes are so bright they keep the other bees in the hive awake at night, so she has to live all by herself in a tree.

Then, one day, when danger strikes, something amazing happens to Beezley, and she discovers that maybe those stripes are not so bad after all.

Published January 1, 2020 by Prairie Publications, Inc. 32 pages. Paperback. ISBN 978-0-9972817-7-4

✏️About the Author:

I reside in northern Indiana, where my time is divided between working full time in a large summer camp program for children, and part time on creative writing projects.

As a running enthusiast, my writing is often inspired by the many interesting sites I see along the way. There is nothing like mile after mile of a beautiful country road to spark the curiosity of a writer.

My books are written around life lessons that send a positive message for children. I believe that every child has a gift to offer the world, and putting a book in the hands of a child will help develop that creativity.

I am a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

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