I was surprised when I was contacted by author Margaret Welwood inquiring if I would read her children’s book, Marie and Mr. Bee. I read a lot of books, but not children’s books, at least not for many years. I thought it might be a nice change of pace. Indeed, it was.
Marie and Mr. Bee, tells the tale of a young girl who listens to some bad advice from a visiting very lazy bee. Before listening to Mr. Bee, Marie is a responsible hard working young lady. Afterwards, taking it easy sounds kind of good. Soon she finds out like the Bible says, “Hard work brings reward.”
Marie and Mr. Bee, is a simple and sweet story, with some good examples and lessons for young readers. I liked how her friends, Brother and Sister Squirrel, Fox and Little Bear were obedient and did their chores. One of my favorite lessons in the book is when Marie forgives of Mr. Bee and is his faithful friend.
The illustrations by Coralie Rycroft are precious and help tell the story perfectly. This book will capture the imagination of young readers and show good examples about work, obedience, friendship and forgiveness.
I would recommend the story of Marie and Mr. Bee, for young readers. I think I would have liked it when I was a little girl. I would like to thank Margaret Welwood for the opportunity to read this book. This book is recommended for ages 4-8.