My Penworthy Pick is Bee-Wigged by Cece Bell. Jerry Bee is a lonely and enormous bee who loves people. Unfortunately, people don’t love him, since he is, after all, a person-sized bee. Wearing a wig, Jerry passes as a boy and finally makes lots of friends, until the wind blows off his wig during the school parade. In a hilarious twist, the wig turns out to be a guinea pig, who points out to everyone that while Jerry might be a very large bee, he is also a great person and friend.
While this is an adorable, funny picture book with bright and silly illustrations that will appeal to kids, it’s also a great starting point for discussions about appearances, preconceived notions, and kindness towards others. A great pick for story-time, especially now when young readers are beginning a new school year.
By Joan Schimmels, Penworthy Representative
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