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Author: Frank B Stockton

Illustrator: P. J. Lynch

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Publisher: Candlewick Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: The Bee-Man is an elderly, unkempt, recluse who has allowed swarms of bees to turn his small hut into a giant beehive. He was perfectly happy in the company of bees. One day, a young “sorcerer-in-training” visited him and told the Bee-Man that once upon a time he was someone special and that he, the “sorcerer” would help the Bee-Man discover who he once was. Reluctant at first to leave his bees, the Bee-Man decided to follow the sorcerer’s advice and discover his true identity and so, the adventure began. This is a fairy tale adventure book with CD.

Type of Reading: independent reading, family reading, read aloud book, interactive reading

Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 10; read yourself: 10 and Up

Interest Level: 6 to 9

Reading Level: 5.7

Age of Child: pending

Adult Reader Reaction: A perfect book for kids. Lynch could, and probably does, illustrations for Children's TV. He's in a class by himself. This was a real treat to review.

Pros: This book is a triple treat. Frank Stockton’s fairy tale is a model of the genre. P.J. Lynch’s illustrations provide children with unforgettable images. The DVD “Making Fairy Tales" that is included with the book adds to the thrill of the story.

Cons: None! This work is impeccable, a model for the genre.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. The story, the illustrations, and the layout are excellent. The primary audience for the book is children, however, the book will be enjoyed by readers of any age. Buy two copies, one for your children/grandchildren, who will wear it out from use, and one for them to share with their children.

If You Liked This Book, Try: PRINCESS NADA AND THE CITY OF ICE (New Tales of the Arabian Nights Part 1)   UNICORN RACES   THE TALES OF TIPTOES LIGHTLY

Educational Themes: This is a fairytale and as such includes a number of subtle lessons for the readers to think and talk about (i.e., it is a story with moral lesson). The illustrations provide imagery and tone that give the lessons more substance.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, fairy tale, interactive learning, magic

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2007

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