Bombus the Bumblebee
Can Bumbus fly?
"Created Just Like You and Me!" is the first book about Bombus the Bumblebee. Beautifully illustrated by David Haidle and Elizabeth Haidle, the little book brings you into the "mind" of a humble bumblebee and you get to learn a lot while you're there.
It begins with God's creation and there is "Bombus." Created by God. But Bombus has a problem with himself and his "peers." He is made fun of because of his bumbling way of flying. He is "told" by the honeybees that he really isn't flying and that he can't fly. Well, at that point Bombus flat-out stops flying.
Now how Bombus actually gets his wings going again and gets back into the air is a delight for the reader. Along the way as you're reading about Bombus, you'll learn more about bumblebees.
Did you realize that Bombus is the scientific name for the bumblebee?
I recommend the book for young readers of all ages and their leaders. This is a good "peer" influence lesson, Bible lesson, and scientific lesson all in one beautiful book.
I was provided a complimentary copy of Bombus: Created Just Like You and Me! by Master Books-New Leaf Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
February 11, 2012
Lacks a Biblical view of the pre-fall world
Bombus the Bumblebee by Elsie J. Larson is a precious book of which children will be very fond. It has cute illustrations, the story reads well and it keeps children engaged. Overall I liked it very much except for one thing: Bombus is the first Bumblebee and therefore he lives in the pre-fall Garden of Eden; since the fall of man has not taken place, the Garden and everything, every creÃÂ¤ture, in it ought to be perfect. That isnÃ¢ÂÂt made clear in this book. The bees are affected by all-too-human sinful characteristics such as disobedience, selfishness, lying and greed. Having this in the book does not affect the enjoyment children will get from the book but, if they are old enough, it might confuse them a bit. Parents ought to be able to discuss this with their children and perhaps even bring it up themselves so that their children can have a clear Biblical understanding of pre-fall creation.
DISCLAIMER: I was provided with a free copy of this book by Master Books/New Leaf Publishers for purposes of review. I was not required to give a positive review, only a fair and honest one. My opinions are my own.
August 14, 2011
Bombus the Bumblebee
Bombus the Bumblebee is a delightful book that draw attention to the diversity in God's creation and encourages individuals to celebrate their uniqueness.
The book opens with Bombus busily enjoying nectar when some naughty honeybees decide to show off and put doubts into Bombus' head in regards to his ability to fly.
After listening and watching the honeybees, Bombus concludes that he is too big, too fat and too ugly. He begins to compare himself to the other flying creatures and sees how his differences cause him to 'fall short'.
God speaks to Bombus, telling him to fly because He gave him flight regardless of what other creatures are telling him.
This colorful books is also filled with Bumblebee facts, discussion questions and fun, creative activities.
I read this book with my 7 year old daughter who really liked the illustrations and activities.
I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
July 1, 2011
bombus the bumblebee
Bombus The Bumblebee
Written by Elsie Larson
Illustrated by David and Elizabeth Haidle
Published by Master Books
Source : Review copy
Bombus.. even his name makes him sound large! Big, hungry Bombus loved his nectar and didnÃ¢ÂÂt leave much for the honeybees, he was a bigger guy after all. The honeybees were not at all happy with getting the second best honey so they devised a plan to make Bombus doubt his flying abilities. They tell Bombus Ã¢ÂÂYour body is much too fat and heavy for your wings. You are not shaped right for flightÃ¢ÂÂ. They tell Bombus he must have misunderstood his directions, that he obviously isnÃ¢ÂÂt meant to fly.. he doesnÃ¢ÂÂt fly like the honeybees fly. Bombus gets down on himself and tries creeping along rather than flying.. leaving the best nectar for those pesky honeybees.
GodÃ¢ÂÂs voice booms out from the heavens and confronts Bombus asking him, Ã¢ÂÂWhat made you think you cannot fly?Ã¢ÂÂ. Those jealous honeybees are in trouble now. God tells Bombus, you can fly because I gave you flight. Though they may not be shaped right to fly, God gave them flight and it is His miracle.
The book has facts about the bumblebee, an activity section, and discussion questions for the kids in the back of the book.
Bombus the Bumblebee is a great book on our uniqueness in God. He created differences in bees, what more difference has he created in us. Fantastic illustrations and great moral message makes this a top notch picture book for children.
New Leaf Publishing has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book
June 24, 2011