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Summary: Ruby Lee's wings would seem to be much to small to help her fly. Yet, she flies just fine ... all throughout the garden, and always with a smile on her face. How can she do it? This is a rhyming book to help children understand that
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Age of Child: Started reading with a 5½-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: Our kindergartner liked following Ruby Lee's path on the page. S/He loved the rosy cheeks and Ruby Lee's smile ... often commenting about them as we read together.
Adult Reader Reaction: Ruby Lee herself makes this a fun book to share and share again. The illustrations are captivating, and the message is important.
Pros: Kids quickly grasp the cliché "busy as a bee" and this book adds context and depth to that idea. The illustrations are captivating, and even the bee-wary will be enchanted.
Cons: None, really. The author introduces the idea that who we are is part of "God's plan," so individuals who prefer completely secular stories may want to consider an alternate title.
Borrow or Buy: Buy! The story is great, the rhyming makes it fun to read, and the illustrations are fabulous. Even toddlers, who may not yet understand the message will love this book.
Educational Themes: The story wraps itself in the idea that anything is possible, helping them to believe in themselves and rely on their internal "can do" attitude.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal stories, series book
Date(s) Reviewed: May 2007
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