4 out of 4 stars
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Bellamy the Bumblebee, written by Jeannie Cronin, is a book about a bumblebee that is too scared to fly. His wings are smaller than his friends’ wings, which makes him feel that he cannot fly as well as they do. Bellamy’s mom notices that he is feeling down and does everything she can to cheer him up and encourage him to fly. Will his mom be successful? Will Bellamy become confident enough to fly? Readers will have to pick up a copy of this book to find out.
The message that the author used in her book was one of inspiration and courage. I am sure that every child in the world has had their share of feeling inferior to their peers. Playground bullies, popular kids, and academically gifted classmates are some of the most well-known pressures that young children face. Jeannie understands that a child’s confidence can be destroyed from these pressures and wrote a book that shows kids that it is okay to be different. Even though I am an adult, I was able to relate to this story’s message on a personal level.
I loved the illustrations that were in this book. They stood out on their own away from the words, allowing readers to focus on the pictures without distractions. I found this unusual for a children’s book, but it was more enjoyable this way. The facial expressions on the bumblebees were my favorite part of the illustrations, as these expressions connected with the words of the story.
There was nothing that I disliked about Bellamy the Bumblebee. It is a great story with a powerful message. Children between the ages of four and eight will likely enjoy this book the most. Parents that have children with special needs may also enjoy what it has to offer.
I am giving this book a maximum rating of 4 out of 4 stars. Only two spacing issues were present in the book, but it did not affect my enjoyment at all. As such, I believe that it was proficiently edited.
Bellamy the Bumblebee
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