Written by Melissa-Sue John and Olivia Lauren
Title: Marie and Mr. Bee
Author: Margaret Welwood
Publisher: Grandma’s Bookshelf, 2016
Marie and Mr. Bee is a very cute story about hard work and laziness. In particular, Marie and Mr. Bee discover the important lesson of prioritizing activities and balancing work and play. The moral of this story is everyone should work, then play. This great book through phenomenal story telling teaches children to not always depend on others or take them for granted. It shows the value of learning how to do things for yourself, doing them in a timely manner, and cleaning up your own messes. We know that work is no fun but procrastinating only makes it worse. This is perfect to read to kids to learn that they need to do their chores. But it does it in such a subtle manner, that the child is able to internalize the lesson on his or her own.
I liked the fact that the main character had a strong female lead even though she was wheel chair bound. We need as many books with diverse characters as possible that allow both boys and girls to feel empowered by their representation in the stories they read. Kudos to Margaret Welwood for such an excellent, unpredictable story, and nicely illustrated children’s picture book. I recommend this book for children aged 6 to 9 to read on their own and parents should read this to their 4 to 6-year-old children before they develop bad habitats. We give it 5 stars!