Hooray for Earth Day, a party for our planet celebrated every April 22nd since 1970. People the world over mark the day, and the hive buzzes. The drones drone on about the environment and Queen Bee decrees the day be set aside for merriment and gratitude. To mark this special day, Newsbee hopes you’ll enjoy these three books that “Honor Our Planet.” Page On!
‘Bee and Me’
By Alison Jay
No words are necessary to get the meaning of “Bee and Me.” This wordless picture book by Alison Jay speaks wonders about a friendship shared by a bitty brunette and a bee she rescues.
The two get to know one another quite by chance, when a honeybee flits through the window of a city apartment. Terrified, the child fetches a fly swatter, but when the bee alights, she traps it under a glass.
Pheasant under glass is one thing — but bee under glass spells lights-out. The insect passes out cold, leading the girl to turn to a book for help. She learns how to revive the bee, and feed it sugar water, which the bee laps up from a teaspoon.
Delightful illustrations detail the relationship that develops between the friends as they play together, the little bee growing into a big bee with the flit of a wing. Soon after, the call of the wild beckons, and the pals complete their mission, one that beautifies the city bee-yond belief.
‘Antsy Ansel: Ansel Adams, A Life in Nature’
By Cindy Jensen-Elliott
Nothing could break the spirit of a young boy who couldn’t sit still in school, even if his life depended on it. Read “Antsy Ansel: Ansel Adams, A Life in Nature,” and you’ll be entertained and impressed. There’s as much energy in author Cindy Jenson-Elliott’s words as the boy Ansel possesses.
“Sit still” was a command he heard all the time; his father countering that with another suggestion, “Why don’t you go outside?” What a perfect solution!
There, the child found peace in exploration, in nature, “big and loud and wild.” The ocean captivated him “Gusting gales pushed and pulled . . . surf pounded the sand — BOOM!”
So began Ansel Adams’ adoration for the outdoors, one that grew as he did, a trip to Yosemite Valley at 14 sealing his fate. Adams followed his dreams, leaving mankind a legacy of black and white photos, using light as no other photographer before him. Earthy illustrations by Christy Hale complement this lovely picture book about a photographic trailblazer who harnessed light.
‘Me and Marvin Gardens’
By Amy Sarig King
Kids will wish they had a helpmate like the strange animal with a snout that Obe discovers by a creek that runs through land his family used to own in “Me and Marvin Gardens.” Obe is distraught because the once-treasured acreage is being parceled out for subdivisions.
Progress comes at a price in this stellar read by Amy Sarig King, an ecological tale that features a plastic-eating animal that enjoys crunching up water bottles and sucking up plastic bags, treats he can’t get enough of.
Obe is shocked to find the animal when he’s off clearing up trash and waste in and around Devin Creek. The boy names the creature Marvin and keeps him a secret from everyone. The plot thickens when word gets out about Marvin, and some surprise guests that follow him into the world.
Though Marvin has a positive effect on the environment, his existence comes at a high price as toxic waste piles up. Suddenly, Obe’s life is more complicated than ever. Eventually he figures things out in a book that’s totally perfect for Earth Day.