Silly Elephant – Peace with Bees by Nadh Poduri
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
On the plus side, this is an adorable story with colorful graphics that tries to teach a lesson about stealing. The dialogue can be read to a younger child. Young readers may need help sounding out some of the words. Middle readers, while able to read the story, may not have as much interest – depending on the child. My son (12), while a bit old for the story, helps evaluate children’s books aimed at all ages. His thoughts were similar to mine although he pointed out that honey, when harvested properly, is a valuable commodity. He also pointed out that there are animals that “steal” honey as part of their diet to stay healthy. We agreed that the lesson is a good one to teach, one that can be difficult to understand, so the book has a valid purpose. Overall, it’s a well done book for a variety of reading levels – even struggling older readers. I received an ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.