Bombus the Bumblebee   -     By: Elsie Larson
    Illustrated By: Elizabeth Haidle
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Bombus the Bumblebee

Illustrated By: Elizabeth Haidle
New Leaf Publishing / 1997 / Hardcover

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Poor bumbling Bombus. He once enjoyed buzzing from flower to flower. But after some busybody honeybees tell him he's too big to fly, Bombus tries to be something he's not---until God encourages him to just be himself. This delightfully illustrated fable will teach your 4- to 8-year-olds the importance of accepting yourself and others. Includes a parent/teacher activity guide. 36 pages, hardcover from Master Books.

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 40
Vendor: New Leaf Publishing
Publication Date: 1997
Dimensions: 10 X 8 X 1/4 (inches)
ISBN: 0890511772
ISBN-13: 9780890511770
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 4-8

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Meet the portly Bombus, a bumblebee created by God during the creation week, as he struggles to feel good about himself, in the midst of smaller, more mobile honeybees. This delightful, full-color story allows children to see their own uniqueness. The book concludes with some quick facts about bumblebees.

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  1. Vera
    North Carolina
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Can Bumbus fly?
    February 11, 2012
    Vera
    North Carolina
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    "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.

    Example:
    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.

    ISBN: 0-89051-177-2

  2. Anna Wood
    Mobile, AL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Lacks a Biblical view of the pre-fall world
    August 14, 2011
    Anna Wood
    Mobile, AL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4

    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 creäture, in it ought to be perfect. That isn’t 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.

  3. Lisa K
    Ctrl, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Bombus the Bumblebee
    July 1, 2011
    Lisa K
    Ctrl, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4

    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.

  4. Melanie Ski
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    bombus the bumblebee
    June 24, 2011
    Melanie Ski
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5

    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 didn’t 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 “Your body is much too fat and heavy for your wings. You are not shaped right for flight”. They tell Bombus he must have misunderstood his directions, that he obviously isn’t meant to fly.. he doesn’t 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.
    God’s voice booms out from the heavens and confronts Bombus asking him, “What made you think you cannot fly?”. 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

  5. OhioSarah
    Ohio
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    God showing His love
    June 21, 2011
    OhioSarah
    Ohio
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    Come fly with me…….and learn more about God’s wonderful creation with a new friend, Bombus the Bumblebee. This delightfully illustrated and colorful book will fascinate children and the adults in their life, the book is illustrated by David and Elizabeth Haidle. The book is an 8 by 10 size which is perfect for those little hands that are learning about their Lord and His Creation and at just forty pages it’s short enough to keep their attention.

    The illustrations are incredibly whimsical but realistic at the same time, the insects, animals, plants have such a real life look to them and are very colorful even I got enjoyment out of the pictures. Bombus is a bumblebee who meets up with some honeybees who criticize him and make him doubt himself. Without giving spoilers away, God intervenes in His Creation, and Bombus realizes why God made him a bumblebee and not a honey bee.

    After reading the story children and parents alike can learn more about the bumblebee by doing some hands-on experiments. Learn how they fly, are bumblebees warm or cold blooded, how much are bumblebees worth to farmers, and more neat facts about these unique Creations by God. One way to really help children to retain information is by having a conversation and letting the dialogue flow, which is why the section titled “A Talking Time” is a great bonus. There are other activities such as tracing shadows, secret signals, and more that will aid in learning more about these fantastic bees.

    As I said above this book held both mine and my children’s attention and we all enjoyed it. I liked being able to teach them more about bumblebees without them knowing they were being ‘schooled’. As a homeschooler, I can easily turn this into a fun unit study for all my children, since even my 9 year old liked listening in on the story.

    **I was provided a copy of this book from Master Books in exchange for my honest review, no other compensation was given.

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