Honey Bee flies around the pond and meets a variety of creatures who live in that habitat - most of whom try to eat her. Frogs, spiders, dragon flies, lizards, bees, and hornets are mentioned in the text, but we also see ants, fish, and plants in the illustrations. Although Honey Bee is rude to King Frog, he warns her about the dragon fly and rescues her from the spider's web. In the end she gives him some honey as a thank-you.
This could be used along with other materials in a unit on ponds and pond life for early grade levels. It could also be used in guidance and character development lessons. On the back cover it says, "This delightful picture book in rhyme promotes the virtues of kindness, forgiveness, and responsibility." I prefer the nonfiction style of Gail Gibbons or the flamboyant artwork and much more terse rhymes of Denise Fleming, but the colorful illustrations and rhyming text of this title will appeal to young readers.
I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley. Publication is scheduled for June 28, 2014.
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