What the World Needs Now: Bees
By Cheryl Rosebush and Illustrated by Zuzanna Svobodova
What it’s about?
Inside the sprawling forests of Ontario, Canada lives a friendly black bear named Melly. One of Melly’s favourite things to do is EAT! And many of the delicious fruits she snacks on wouldn’t grow without the help of some very important little forest creatures.
What the World Needs Now: Bees! explores the vital role busy, busy bees play in helping plants to grow the food people and animals love to eat.
What we think:
This book is fabulous: fun, informative and the cutest bear I’ve ever seen.
Through the character of Melly the Bear, and her love of fruit and honey, The book explains how flowers are pollinated and why Bees are so important to the world. It also explores pollution and pesticides and the impact they have on the planet.
The explanations are clear and the scientific language is supported with really helpful cartoons. The book is really thought provoking and we have had some really interesting prompted by the pictures – about how bees make honey, where our fruit and vegetables come from and all about bears.
The illustrations throughout are so colourful and cute. They are beautiful and bright with lots of detail. The book is also eco-friendly and printed on recycled paper with carbon balanced printing and vegetable based inks.
This is a great book for introducing nature loving kids to important environmental issues in a fun and age appropriate way.
It’s a great series. Joining Trees and Bees, coming up next is What the World Needs Now: Less Plastic.
About the author:
I was born and raised in Southern Ontario, Canada in the cities of Burlington and St. Catharines. Long before the internet and mobile phones (now I’m aging myself!), my childhood was spent in forests and parks, on bike rides, and playing hide and seek until the streetlights came on. My family did comical Griswold-style road trips in wood-paneled station wagons. We spent summers swimming in friends’ backyards. These are my very fortunate roots.
I knew from an early age that my destiny would take me far from Southern Ontario. I graduated high school and moved to Montreal to study international politics at McGill University. The subject fascinated me, but as graduation approached, I realized I didn’t know what I wanted to do with a degree in international politics. I didn’t want to become a lawyer. I didn’t want to become a politician or civil servant. The media industry, on the other hand, intrigued me.
The West Coast of Canada also intrigued me. So, after graduating McGill, I packed up again, moved to Vancouver and took the first media job I could get at a local Top 40 radio station (Z.95.3) in Vancouver. Best job. Great bosses. I learned so much. But after a couple of years there, the winds of change came calling again.
September 11th 2001 – In a heartbeat, Z95.3 went from playing Britney Spears to reporting up-to-the-minute information on the local, national and international fallout of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. In that moment, I knew I had found my calling. I wanted to do something that was needed on a good day, and needed even more on a bad day. I wanted to become a full-time journalist.
So, I packed my bags again (a running theme in my life), and moved to Ottawa, Ontario to do my Masters of Journalism. Another incredible two years culminated in me getting a research internship with the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) in London, England. That position helped me land back in Montreal for a second chapter there as local news reporter for the CBC. While I was there, I wore just about every hat you could in CBC’s radio and TV newsrooms. Depending on the day, I was a researcher, producer, reporter, or online writer. I even filled in for the weather reports every once in a while.
Thank you to Cheryl Rosebush for our gifted copy if What the World Needs Now: Bees and to Love Books Tours for inviting us to join this fun book tour.