Book Review, Picture Books

Omar, The Bees and Me by Helen Mortimer & illustrated by Katie Cottle

Omar, the Bees and Me is a charming picture book explaining the incredible importance of bees. Combining interesting facts with a story of friendship and community, this book will encourage young readers to join in with the Maisie & Omar’s Year One class and their exploration of bees.

Maisie and Omar discover that in order to have honey for their favourite honey cake, they need bees, and in order for bees to travel from the park to their school playground, they need to create a bee corridor. They need a trail of flowers for the bees to feed on when they come out of hibernation in the spring.

The children decide to ask their community for help. They deliver packages of seeds to everyone in town, from school all the way to the park. Once these seeds have been planted and summer arrives, a bright corridor of wildflowers will be ready for the bees.

Katie Cottle’s colourful illustrations reveal a diverse community that works together for the good of everyone. Children will be drawn in by the friendly faces, caring adults and welcoming environment.

This is a wonderful book for any nature lover or to accompany a summer topic about bees. Children will love mirroring the experiences of the class in the book with planting seeds, watching bees pollinate wildflowers and enjoying honey cake!

I’m really looking forward to sharing this story with children at Farsley Farfield Primary School in Leeds. The children at this school already keep bees on their school farm and spend a lot of time creating a beautiful, natural environment. Once the children have enjoyed this book in school, we hope to share their experiences in a blog post.

For now, take a look at the Farfield Farm blog to see a video about caring for bees.

My twins learning to be bee keepers when they were in Reception at Farsley Farfield Primary School.

Thank you to Owlet Press for this fantastic book!

Publishes: March 2021

Click on the cover below to find out more or purchase on-line from Amazon.

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