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“Beekeeper Boelts infuses her narrative with both appropriate vocabulary and empathy…Dominguez accurately depicts apiary equipment and practices in her friendly cartoons, and she peoples the story with a diverse cast not typically seen in kids’ books about beekeeping. . . Could be just the ticket for turning bee-phobes into beekeepers.” – Kirkus Reviews
Kaia and the Bees
by Maribeth Boelts and Illustrated by Angela Dominguez
Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 3
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Candlewick (March 10, 2020)
The author of Those Shoes and an award-winning illustrator team up for the story of a girl who tries to overcome her fear of bees to see how amazing they are.
Kaia is the brave type. Like hottest-hot-pepper brave. But there is one thing that scares her: BEES! And right now, thousands of bees live on her roof because Kaia’s dad is a beekeeper. Her dad says that the world needs bees and that’s why they are beekeepers. But only he goes on the roof, not Kaia — unless she can find a way to be the brave girl she always says she is.
Against a sunny city setting, author Maribeth Boelts and illustrator Angela Dominguez depict Kaia’s small courageous steps — and her tiny insect neighbors — with great empathy and charm. Buzzing with storytime potential, Kaia and the Bees is an honest and relatable tale about bravery and compassion, as well as the importance of bees to our world.
My review of Kaia and the Bees
Kaia and the Bees is an adorable book about a little girl who is very brave…except when it comes to bees. And that’s a problem since her dad is a beekeeper! When Kaia tells her friends that she’s a beekeeper, they’re very impressed…until she gets scared of a bee flying around. Kaia is determined to beat her fear. Will she beat her fear or will she always be afraid of bees? Your kids will love finding out in Kaia and the Bees!
I love how this book deals with the fear of bees. I’m sure a lot of us are still scared of them! Bees are very necessary to our ecosystem, and this book talks about how bees pollinate fruits and vegetables. We need bees! You and your child will love reading this together. The illustrations are wonderful. I really love the detail the illustrator adds to make the book feel homey.
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About the author
Maribeth Boelts is the author of many books for young readers, including Happy Like Soccer, illustrated by Lauren Castillo, and Those Shoes and A Bike Like Sergio’s, both illustrated by Noah Z. Jones. Maribeth Boelts lives in Iowa.
About the illustrator
Angela Dominguez has created many books for young readers, including Maria Had a Little Llama, a Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Honor Book. She also illustrated Mango, Abuela, and Me, written by Meg Medina. Angela Dominguez lives on the East Coast.
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