Eileen Spinelli

Book - 2010

After learning that a bee's body is too chunky for flight, Buzz the bumblebee defies the laws of aerodynamics to save a friend in need.

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New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 2010.
1st ed
Physical Description
unpaged : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Main Author
Eileen Spinelli (-)
Other Authors
Vincent Nguyen (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Buzz is a happy bumblebee who loves honey, clover, and her hive, but especially flying. Sometimes she swoops low to visit Snail, and sometimes she swoops high to visit Old Owl in his tree—until the day she spies a piece of newspaper with the headline BEES CAN'T FLY. Totally demoralized, Buzz is lamenting her plight to Snail when they both smell smoke and realize that Owl's tree is on fire. Buzz runs to help her friend with one panicked thought: Bees can't fly! Bees can't fly! But her concern for Owl overwhelms her insecurity as she finds herself flying—right into Owl's ear, saving both of them. ‘Of course you can fly,' said Owl. ‘You're a bee. Bees fly.' Delightful mixed-media illustrations incorporate painted oils and Photoshop to show the pixie-faced Buzz and stage the uncluttered story line with gentle and luminous images. This is a honey of a story with the simple message: be(e) who you are. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Bumblebee Buzz has a crisis of faith when a newspaper article points out that bees, with their too-small wings and cumbersome bodies, ought not to be able to fly. The effect is immediate: the pert, doe-eyed Buzz "bobbled. And wobbled. And fell--PLIP--to the ground." She stays earthbound until fire threatens her friend Old Owl's nest; an emergency is what it takes to get her to stop thinking and trust her own experience instead. While the factoid about bee flight is an interesting bit of trivia, it's perhaps not quite substantial enough for a whole story line. Spinelli (Princess Pig) refers to Buzz's relationships with other animals, but the focus is on Buzz and her dilemma. Nguyen's (The Truly Terribly Horrible Sweater... That Grandma Knit) big oil landscapes feature inviting blue skies and warm, sunlit clouds. Buzz's face is colored yellow, but her wide eyes, pixie-cut bangs, and red lips suggest a girl dressed up in a bee costume, the better for young readers to identify with. Those in search of motivational tales need look no further. Ages 4–8. (July) [Page ]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—Buzz loves everything about being a bee, especially her ability to fly. Then a storm blows a sheet of newspaper her way, and the little creature is horrified by the headline: "Professor Declares Bees Can't Fly." Even though the rest of the article is torn away, Buzz believes the professor is right. And, of course, now that she's convinced she can't fly, all her attempts to take off end in failure. When a fire threatens Old Owl's life and walking proves too slow, though, Buzz forgets the article, takes to the air, and saves the day. This thin plot and abrupt resolution make for a less than satisfying read. Buzz's sudden inability to fly, her lightning-fast recovery of her powers, and Old Owl's need to be warned his tree is burning stretch credibility. While the rhyme, alliteration, and close-ups depicted in the large oil cartoon illustrations may provide some interest, youngsters might be better served learning some factual information about bees in Gail Gibbons's The Honey Makers (Morrow, 1997).—Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT [Page 84]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

After learning that a bee's body is too chunky for flight, Buzz the bumblebee defies the laws of aerodynamics to save a friend in need.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

After learning that a bee’s body is so chunky for flight that they really should not be able to fly, Buzz the bumblebee defies the laws of aerodynamics--and his own self-doubt--to save a friend in need.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Buzz, a spunky little bumblebee, has a problem flying after coming across the information that bees should not be able to fly. What happens when believing you can’t keeps you from doing what you can? And what will it take to make Buzz gather the courage to fly again? Kids and parents alike will appreciate Buzz’s dilemma—and eventual triumph!