To bee or not to bee? A lonely, overlarge insect tries a new identity on for size in a wacky, wonderful tale of true friendship.
All Jerry Bee wants is to make friends, but that's hard to do when you're the most enormous bee anyone has ever seen. Then a wig changes Jerry's life: when he puts it on, he looks just like a boy! Jerry creates quite a buzz with his kindness and generosity, and for the first time, he has friends. But will his new pals stick around when his true identity is revealed? In this zany and tender tale, written and illustrated by Cece Bell, Jerry finds that having friends you can "bee" yourself around is as sweet as honey.
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All Jerry Bee wants is a friend. But everyone is terrified of him because he is an enormous bee. They are afraid he could sting them. Jerry tries to change the way he looks by wearing a wig that he finds on the sidewalk. And it works! No one is afraid of him anymore. By the end of the day he makes friends with everyone at school and the kids adore him. They like him because he is helpful, funny, artistic, and generous. He's a good friend! The wig changes Jerry's life. But one day the wind blew Jerry's wig off. Everyone immediately runs away until.....the wig starts talking. Turns out the wig is a squirrel who saves the day by reminding everyone of Jerry's many positive qualities. This book cracked me up the first time I read it. I love sharing it with the students. I also like how the "wig" character stands up for Jerry Bee. Good life lessons in this one. And the whole squirrel/wig thing is kinda funny. I'm an elementary school counselor and really appreciate books like this one that...
This is a funny, heart warming book. I read it to my five year old, but my older kids and their friends were listening and loved it so much they asked me to read it again. It is one of my five year old's favorite books. It has a very nice message and the illustrations are great!
My seven-year old son and I both think this story is wonderful - the funny little details in the pictures, the speech bubbles, the absolute absurdity of the "enormous bee" and his furry friend. It always cracks us up. But it also has a kind, sympathetic main character and a nice message about acceptance and the power of positive actions. My younger son is attracted to the bright, colorful pictures and the simple text, which can be read with a lot of expression (and silly voices). I think this might be my favorite Cece Bell book yet (although Sock Monkey Boogie Woogie is really hard to beat).
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