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Bee & Me

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Author/Publisher/Website: Jay, A.
Copyright: 2017
Evaluation/Record Entry Date: May/2019
Submitting suppliers/Website: Not Available
Primary Identifier: 9780763690106
Recommended Grades and Subjects/Courses: K-7
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Resource Description

A young girl reading in her bedroom in a high-rise apartment is startled when a bee buzzes into her room but rather than swatting it she makes some food for the exhausted bee before she releases it out the window. The bee comes back and the girl again takes it in, they develop a lovely friendship, and the two fly out to the countryside to collect seeds that they sprinkle over the city to invite the wild back to the urban environment. This wordless picture book effectively conveys mood, emotion, and the author’s message of conservation, sustainability, our place in the biosphere and integrating urban and wild spaces in a child-friendly, genuine manner and lends itself to a multitude of writing and fine arts activities for grades K-7.


Does the resource support BC curriculum?
This product supports the Core Competencies of the BC curriculum:
Creative Thinking
Critical thinking
Positive Personal and Cultural Identity
Personal Awareness and Responsibility
Social Responsibility
A wordless picture book, this imaginative story uses graphic novel conventions & multiple perspectives to gently engage readers in ecological consciousness & action. The last page has non-fiction text to bring a real world context including how to create bee-friendly areas & the importance of bees in context of urbanization. Wordless stories allow readers to reach content without difficulty & provide open ended opportunities for writing/speaking (in any language). This book is easily integrated into ELA, Science, SS, ADST, Arts. ELA Big Ideas: (K-3) Curiosity & wonder lead us to new discoveries about ourselves & world around us; and (4-7) Language & text can be a source of creativity & joy.


Is the resource engaging?
Is the content current for the intended curriculum and grade?
Is the content accurate for the intended curriculum and grade?
Is the content timely and important for student broad understandings?
Is the content appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Does the resource provide opportunities for creative and critical thinking?
Can the content be differentiated?
Is the level of detail appropriate?
Is the language use appropriate to the emotional maturity and cognitive level of students?
Bee & Me is completely told though engaging illustrations; there is no text. It is therefore very accessible to all. The visuals easily and naturally provide provocation for conversation about sustainability, our place in the biosphere, and interconnectedness. Creative and critical thinking is engaged as readers try to connect the imaginative, fictional story with the real world reality of pollinators in the environment.


Does the resource make effective use of the medium?
Is the location of illustrations appropriate?
Is the resource easy to use?
Is the use of font, text size and presentation uniform?
Are extraneous elements/illustrations kept to a minimum?
In Bee and Me, Alison Jay's message of friendship and conservation is portrayed through her delicately painted artwork as well as the book's thoughtful layout. Jay's illustrations depict a pleasant life with mellow colours, soft edges, and charming details for young readers to examine closely. In this wordless story, the narrative is clearly conveyed using a combination of full-page spreads and smaller panels. Jay skillfully guides us through a story that explores the growing friendship between a girl, a bee, and a little boy, and the impact of our actions on our shared landscape.


Does the text show insight into the complexity of the human condition?
Does the text broaden students’ experiences and understanding?
To what degree is this text stylistically rich?
Plot description:
Startled when a bee buzzes into her bedroom in a high-rise apartment, a young girl resists her first impulse to use a flyswatter and instead makes a sugar-water solution for the exhausted bee to sip before releasing it out her window. When the bee re-appears, the girl takes it in and a lovely friendship develops between girl and bee. In one wonder-filled sequence, the girl and bee fly into the country to collect seeds to sprinkle over the city, effectively inviting the wild back into the urban landscape. Alongside their growing friendship, a human friendship develops between the girl and her upstairs neighbour - a boy who appears to love birds the way she has grown to love bees.
Related Comments:
Jay's images effectively convey mood and emotion in this story. The sweetly drawn girl and expressive anthropomorphic bee imbue the story with a feeling of hope, playfulness, and childlike wonder. Jay's message of conservation and integrating urban and wild spaces comes through in a child-friendly, genuine manner and is supported by the factual information found at the end of the story.
Literary Highlights:
Point of view
Wordless picture book
Visual Highlights:
Wordless picture book


At intended grade level(s)
Please note that there is another picture book book entitled Bee & Me available which could be confused with the ERAC evaluated Bee & Me by Alison Jay. A short animation created by Alison Jay of Bee & Me is available at Two useful websites with lesson ideas are:


Many writing activities lend themselves to this book. Students can write dialogue to go with pictures, character descriptions, change the ending, write a sequel, write a thank you letter from the bee or girl, write how to look after Bee or a survival guide (from Bee’s perspective), create a comic strip, or write song lyrics to reflect what happens in the plot. Students can draw an aerial map of a bee’s view of local place or improve/assess local places as bee friendly using the section at back of book. Extensions to fine arts such as how bees communicate geography through dancing (students could perform) or creating bees in visual arts. This is a great book begin inquiry on insects.