Silly Elephant: Peace with Bees by Nadh Poduri - book review and GIVEAWAY!

I have the great opportunity today to share a wonderful children's book that has just been released.  Peace with Bees is the second children's fiction story written by Nadh Poduri.  I believe that you and your little ones will truly enjoy it.  BEST OF ALL.... Nadh is giving away 5 Amazon eBook copies of Peace with Bees.  Read about the story and enter below to win!

Category: animals, children's fiction, elephants
Publisher:  JetPops
Release Date: October 2, 2016
Age Range: 4 - 10 years
Grade Level: P - 4
My Rating:  4 stars

Description

Peace with Bees is a story about a silly elephant who loves honey and thinks it’s ok to steal honey from the bees. The story teaches kids about compassion and dealing with adversities. The silly elephant’s journey to understand the boundaries and respect everyone would be a visual treat to read.

After Barney snatches the honey from Ephan, Ephan goes and steals honey from the bees despite his friend Sid’s reservations. Little did he know about the consequences of stealing. “Peace with Bees” is a story that teaches children about compassion, respect the boundaries of others. The story is nicely laced with fun facts about bees that would help children appreciate the little things. With stunning graphics and lovable characters ‘Peace with Bees’ truly brings out the joy to the young readers.

Review

Peace with Bees is such a brightly colored, beautify illustrated book.  It draws you right in.  The elephants are adorable but I absolutely love the bees and how Poduri has them experiencing miscommunication, like that you find when playing the telephone game.  So funny.  Another personal favorite part of the story is when Poduri uses one of my mom’s oft-used sayings to help get across a moral point.  “Two wrongs don’t make a right!” 

I’m not an expert on bees by any means but I had an opportunity about a year ago to spend an afternoon with my family visiting with a beekeeper.  We learned about the process from start to finish.  A large part of our afternoon was hands-on.  It was an incredible day.  If you ever have an opportunity like that, snatch it up.  I was just as fascinated, if not more so than my kids and they absolutely loved the experience.  While Peace with Bees is not a story focused on the bees but on the friendship and the choices of its primary characters, the elephants, there is a bit of information about bees given in the story as well.  Therefore, with my new found expertise from my four-hour education in hand ;) I took to searching the web as I thought that maybe there were a couple of incorrect representations of the queen bee in the story.  These aren’t a big deal at all really and without at least one of them it would have been more difficult for Poduri to get across his point.  But in case you and your child would like to take an adventure into the world of bees, you can allow the book to be the springboard that takes you there.

When I began googling how to teach kids about bees the amount of information available was mind-blowing.  I cannot speak to the authority of these sources but here are two fun places to start that I think would be enjoyed by you and your kid(s).

  • Bees…A Pre-school Study
  • The YouTube channel All Things Animals has a video that gives a quick overview of the life of bees.  It also has incredible video close-ups of the bees gathering nectar.  It is about three minutes long making it great for those with short attention spans.

For the grownups, I found some great information at Acbees Apiaries where you can find information about the three different types of bees in a hive; the queen bee, drones, and worker bees.  There are also some great photos of bees swarming.  BuzzAboutBees also has some great information. 

Now back to a couple of things about queen bees in the story that aren’t quite right.

First, Poduri places the queen bee outside of the beehive.  The nest was empty and so Ephan was able to steal the honey.  As the queen bee leads the other bees back to the nest she is the first to notice that the honey had all been stolen.  In actuality, the queen bee likely wouldn’t have been found outside of the nest.  I learned that the  primary reason a queen bee would leave is because there are abundant resources available, which has led to too many bees in the nest for comfort.  The workers then create a new queen bee.  Two queens aren’t welcome in one nest and so the old queen bee takes off with a portion of the bees and the colony will split in two.  This action is called swarming.

The queen bee may also be found outside of the nest if she is injured or dying, or because the hive is threatened and all of the bees leave.

Second, the queen bee is not “in charge” or the leader, a common misconception.  Her sole responsibility is to lay eggs.  It would have been best if Poduri had used a worker bee to make the discovery of the theft.  

Bees aside Peace with Bees is a great book.  I happily recommend it for you and your child.  Also, Poduri has provided a great website, Jet Pops, where you can find additional resources such as coloring pages and games along with information on upcoming books.

I received a review copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My thanks to Nadh Poduri.


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Nadh Poduri

Nadh Poduri

Nadh Poduri grew up in a southern part of India. He is a programmer, loves to develop games for kids. While he was growing up in India, he used to visit elephant national park to study about elephants. His fascination towards elephants inspired him to write his first picture book 'Silly Elephant.' Nadh lives with his wife and two kids in San Francisco.