Let me tell you about the birds and the bees, and the flowers and the trees, and the season we’re fond of, and a kids book that we love… I couldn’t resist a Jewel Akens inspired intro, as his fun 60s hit popped into my head while thinking about the important ‘birds and bees’ talk we need to have with our little ones. No… not that talk. Although that’s very important too.
I’m talking about the birds and the bees in nature, and the flowers and the trees that have exploded with colour as the season is changing here in Melbourne. Green leaves and flowers of all colours of the rainbow are bursting forth and the smell of jasmine and boronia sweeps over us as the wind moves. There’s a buzz in the air that spring has finally arrived.
A real buzz. With being outside more often, we’re noticing how many lovely bees are visiting our garden. Lots of different types of fruit and vegetables are pollinated by honey bees so we need their visits for food production. They’re VIPs in my garden. Spring is a great time to have the birds and the bees talk with little ones, talking about where our food comes from and the importance of bees, whose collection of pollen from the flowers is essential.
To help make the talk interesting and fun for kids, Herbert Peabody is back to save the day! You may remember Herbert from when we last stopped by his vegetable patch, and if you missed that fabulous book you can read about it here.
The second book in the Herbert Peabody series by Bianca C. Ross has been released and spring is the perfect time to share it with little ones! In Herbert Peabody and the Incredible Beehive, we visit Herbert at Mulberry Farm again for a story that reconnects kids with where their food comes from and highlights the importance of bees in our food chain.
In this latest story from Mulberry Farm, Herbert Peabody finds that his new neighbour Bee is having trouble finding enough pollen. Things are looking dire and Bee may need to move away, sparking Herbert into action to lend a hand. Meanwhile, there’s a mystery brewing at Huffelton House as The Voice That Belongs to Nobody scares away anyone who tries to visit the neglected estate.
This book bounces along with captivating language and sweet illustrations that draw kids in as Herbie tries to solve the mystery of Huffelton House and save the bees. Once you start reading, it’s hard to put it down as the kids will want to know how it ends. Will the bees be ok? Who is behind the door? We took a break before the very last chapter and couldn’t wait to find out how the story ended, which I won’t spoil for you… let’s just say that we were buzzing with joy!
This is a really lovely kids book for children 4-9 years old that combines education and entertainment in the best way possible – it makes learning fun and interesting.
Herbert Peabody and the Incredible Beehive is available now and you can grab your copy here. Herbie also shares notes that will help parents and teachers, gardening information and colouring in pages for the little ones on his website. Pop on over and check them out, they’re really fun!
Author: Bianca C. Ross
Illustrator: Tabitha Emma Bray
Publisher: Farinet Pty Ltd
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