Synopses & Reviews
Buzz loves absolutely everything there is about being a bee. She loves her yellow and black jacket. She loves the way the flowers smell in the springtime. But the thing she loves most of all is being able to fly. Through the trees and down around the pond, past the farm and around the rosebushes - she flies everywhere.
But when she hears that bees aren't supposed to be able to fly, she finds herself unable to get off the ground. What is little Buzz to do?
How will she find her wings again?
"Bumblebee Buzz has a crisis of faith when a newspaper article points out that bees, with their too-small wings and cumbersome bodies, ought not to be able to fly. The effect is immediate: the pert, doe-eyed Buzz 'bobbled. And wobbled. And fell--PLIP--to the ground.' She stays earthbound until fire threatens her friend Old Owl's nest; an emergency is what it takes to get her to stop thinking and trust her own experience instead. While the factoid about bee flight is an interesting bit of trivia, it's perhaps not quite substantial enough for a whole story line. Spinelli (Princess Pig) refers to Buzz's relationships with other animals, but the focus is on Buzz and her dilemma. Nguyen's (The Truly Terribly Horrible Sweater... That Grandma Knit) big oil landscapes feature inviting blue skies and warm, sunlit clouds. Buzz's face is colored yellow, but her wide eyes, pixie-cut bangs, and red lips suggest a girl dressed up in a bee costume, the better for young readers to identify with. Those in search of motivational tales need look no further. Ages 4 8. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
In Eileen Spinelli's Buzz, an adorable bee finds herself unable to fly.
Buzz, a spunky little bumblebee, has a problem flying after coming across the information that bees should not be able to fly. What happens when believing you canand#8217;t keeps you from doing what you can? And what will it take to make Buzz gather the courage to fly again? Kids and parents alike will appreciate Buzzand#8217;s dilemmaand#8212;and eventual triumph!
About the Author
andlt;Bandgt;Eileen Spinelliandlt;/Bandgt; is no stranger to the Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers list. Since her debut in 1991 with andlt;Iandgt;Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch,andlt;/Iandgt; an IRA/CBC Children's Choice book and Christopher Award winner, she has gone on to author numerous picture books, poetry collections, and chapter books, including the best-selling andlt;Iandgt;When Mama Comes Home Tonight,andlt;/Iandgt; and the critically acclaimed andlt;Iandgt;Sophie's Masterpiece.andlt;/Iandgt; Eileen lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania.