A beautiful wordless picture book brings a personal note to the plight of the honeybee and offers a message of hope.
A little girl befriends a bee that takes her on a journey of discovery, revealing an action that every child can take to aid in conservation. In a wordless story told through enchanting illustrations, Bee & Me tells a tale of friendship and offers an introduction to the ecology of the natural world. Alison Jay’s original artwork brings the story gently to life, pointing out the sadness of a world without bees. An afterword makes clear to readers the important role these endangered insects play.
Jay’s oil paintings are soft and delicate, offering delight in the details…A sweet bee idyll. —Kirkus Reviews
The artwork, rendered softly in oils, favors sunny earth tones and makes good use of multiple perspectives and graphic-novel conventions…this story offers much to admire and appreciate. —Booklist
This is a wonderful story of friendship that will invite many varied retellings. It also contains helpful back matter about the importance of bees and how to attract and protect them. —School Library Journal
Jay mixes soaring spreads, smaller panels, and kicky spot images to clearly convey the story visually…A closing note points to the plight of the dwindling honeybee population and suggests plants that readers can grow to help bee populations. —Publishers Weekly Online
Alison Jay’s pictures for “Bee and Me” have the same softness and delicacy as the bumblebee that zooms into a girl’s bedroom high above city streets. —The Wall Street Journal