An anti-bullying message of tolerance and teamwork woven into a kid-friendly explanation of insects’ roles in nature.
Little Spider lives a peaceful life in a peaceful corner of the garden. Every day, she is soothed by the gentle sounds of the other creatures around her. But every day, Bossy Bee arrives to shatter the peace and quiet. Bossy Bee has no time for anyone else. She thinks she is the most important and busiest creature in the garden. But then the others play a trick on her, and she comes to see that the other garden creatures also have useful jobs.
“Useful information and important insightdelivered in mediocre verse and via gender stereotype.” —Kirkus Reviews (U.S.)
“Bizz Buzz Boss encourages children to step outdoors to learn about, and appreciate, this complex community. Highly recommended.” —Reading Time
“Bizz Buzz Boss is a didactic tale suited for sharing with young audience.” —ReadPlus
Natalie McKinnon is an early childhood educator with over twenty years’ teaching experience in Australia. Natalie also presents environmental workshops for pre-school and elementary audiences. Her workshops encourage children to understand where real food comes from and to develop an understanding of the relationship between their health and the environment.
Margaret Tolland is an artist from New Zealand, whose illustrations are packed with detail. Through her work, get closer to the habitats and lifestyles of the many species, both flora and fauna, that she explores with an eye on environmental education. With twenty years’ experience in visual arts education and working in a gallery, Margaret now illustrates full-time.
Age Range: 5-8
Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Bullying
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