- Book Style: Toddler Bumble Bee Book
- Reading Level: 2 (Reading With Help due to: mid-range length and some difficult vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 5-7 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Very fun and colorful
- Age Target: 1-8 Years of Age
- Author: Yvon Douran
- Author’s Page: Yvon Douran
- Book Purchase Page: Amazon
- Social Media Links: N/A
Bumble The Bee is a toddler and kids story about a bumblebee named Bumble The Bee. The story was written by Yvon Douran and primarily deals with positive messaging surrounding bees and nature as a whole.
The story starts off with Bumble getting caught in a rainstorm that washes away his stripes. Fortunately, Bernie (Bumble’s friend) comes along and helps in a number of ways. However, none of those ways help and serve only to bother other insects. In the end, Bumble must go and meet the Fairy Bee Mother, who helps him regain his very important yellow stripes. That is, with the help of the sun, the wind, and the rain.
This book was written for a few reasons. Our author, Yvon Douran, has a love of nature that was created at a very young age. As such she works very hard within this book to educate toddlers and young children about nature and more specifically, bees. The story puts a very positive spin on bees that is especially important at this point in time in our society. Bees are depicted as important, friendly, and definitely helpful throughout the book. This will also have the added effect of calming children around bees.
Probably my favorite part of the book is what Yvon is trying to teach your child. She’s provided a great story about facing challenges and persevering through them. Bumble must persevere through the loss of his stripes and so with each let down he experiences, your toddler will learn not to give up. With each down moment, your little one will grow. What’s more, it’s not like our author is simply telling your child to persevere. Instead, she’s integrated the lesson throughout the entire story and so it’s easy for children to learn.
Now, it’s not every day that we get to review a book that’s written so much like a poem. Yvon has spent a great deal of time in her life learning from great poetry and I can honestly say that it shows. She’s been influenced heavily by English literature and poetry and as such, Bumble The Bee has a fantastic rhythm and cadence to it. You can almost read every page as if it were a song as there are multiple rhymes per page. What’s amazing to me is just how seamless the rhymes are. There’s no forcing it, as Yvon has clearly written this way for a long time.
In fact, she’s been writing this way since she was 10 years of age. It definitely shows with the level of professionalism being shown on each and every line of this story.
No toddler book review would be complete without a discussion about the illustrations. Bumble The Bee’s illustrations are fantastic, and so this is a really fun part of the review to write. Our illustrator, Tony King, hails from the great United Kingdom and has clearly been doing this for quite some time.
He’s produced a fantastic set of illustrations that literally burst off the page. Every illustration is bright and colorful, as I think it should be. This is especially true when you consider that this is a book about nature and bees. The colors chosen reflect nature in general, and this is definitely done intentionally.
The other thing about the illustrations are the characters themselves. I absolutely love the way the bees are drawn. They’re friendly and have been built with soft shapes. Yes, they still have a little stinger because it’s an important part of the depiction, but you’re not seeing any rough edges or jagged shapes. It’s all soft, round, and really…happy. This is again something that’s been done intentionally (as far as I can tell) and I think it only serves to add to the book’s messaging about bees.
I did want to spend a few moments speaking about Yvon. I’ve been in touch with her over the last few days, and as such, I’ve gotten to know her a little bit. I’ve already mentioned her love of nature, her love of poetry and literature, and her level of professionalism. What I haven’t mentioned is just how deep all of that goes.
This isn’t just something that Yvon does for fun. Although it’s a fun process for her, the books she has written are serious projects. When you look at the first few pages of the book, you see the incredible effort she’s gone through to produce the story. She’s put together a team of at least 9 people, including herself. As far as I’m concerned, that’s more like a major project than most books I’ve reviewed. What I’ll say is that this effort shows through and through and it speaks a lot to the type of person she is.
I think you know what I’m going to say here. This is an easy book to recommend for toddlers and young children. This is for a few reasons:
- The level of professionalism
- The writing style and/or the rhyming
- The positive messaging about bees
- The positive messaging about challenges
- and an author who’s genuinely interested in all of this
What’s more, is the fact that this book is only $5.21 USD for a Kindle copy and $9.99 USD for a paperback copy.
Thanks for reading…with your toddlers,