Bee and Me

Written by Alison Jay

Illustrated by Alison Jay

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LoveReading View on Bee and Me

Told entirely in pictures, this is the story of a special friendship and demonstration of all that bees do for our world. A bee strays into a dusty city and through an open window where a little girl is reading a book about flowers.  She helps the exhausted bee, feeding it a solution of sugar and water, and a friendship develops. They fly out into the country where they collect seeds, scattering them over the city on their return. When winter comes, the bee leaves, but when she returns in the spring, the city is transformed, streets and rooftops sprouting grass and wild flowers. The difference between a world with and without bees is clear for all to see. An inspiring book that will open readers’ eyes. ~ Andrea Reece

Bee and Me Synopsis

We hear much about the plight of the bumble bee population and its implications for our planet's future. This beautiful picture book makes the story personal and brings a message of hope. A little girl befriends a bee, which takes her on a journey of discovery. Alison Jay's original artwork points out what a sad world it would be without bees.

Bee and Me Press Reviews

'Good weather and al fresco dining often ends up stressful for parents with many children fearful of bees. Now is therefore the perfect time to introduce this stunning wordless picture book, about a little girl's friendship with a bee, to allow young children to understand them better. Muted colours create a gentle atmosphere, and Bee's kind face is anything but threatening. Imaginative, yet informative, the lack of text in 'Bee & Me' allows readers to create the story and give Bee a voice of their choice.  Library Mice

'A hopeful tale of friendship and flower power...No-one likes to be stung and it looks like the bee might be all over before the story's even begun. Fortunately, a crack in the door of curiosity and bravery opens up the way for a joint adventure bringing plants and flowers across the grey city, delivering beauty and benefits to all city inhabitants, whether honey bees or humans. Playingbythebook

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781910646199
Publication date: 04/05/2017
Publisher: Old Barn Books
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781910646052
Publication date: 07/04/2016
Publisher: Old Barn Books
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781910646052
Publication date: 7th April 2016
Author: Alison Jay
Illustrator: Alison Jay
Publisher: Old Barn Books
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers

About Alison Jay

Alison Jay was born in Hertfordshire, grew up in Derbyshire and studied graphic design in London where she now lives. After graduating she worked in animation for a short while but gradually started to get commissions in illustration. She works in Alkyd, a quick drying oil paint on paper and sometimes adds a crackle varnish to give the work an aged appearance. She has worked in all areas of illustration including advertising, packaging, editorial and design. Her commissions include a 48 sheet poster for B.T, a TV commercial for Kellogg’s corn flakes and has recently illustrated the new ...

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