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Do you know what it means to be helpful? Are you helpful? Do you help Mom with the dishes, or help by tidying up your room? Do you help your friends at school with a math problem, or learn how to catch a ball? Helpful Like a Honey Bee: A Photo Book with Real Creatures about Care, Support and Effort for Kids (Better You Zoo) by Sonny and Sandy Swinhart will show you how. Being helpful means you care; being helpful makes you a good person; being helpful also makes you feel good, not just about yourself, but also those whom you’re helping. “It can make you happier and healthier too.” You don’t have to be “selfish like a shellfish” or “disruptive like a duke.” Be like a honey bee, always doing your part in helping others around you. That’s what makes a strong community: everyone helping everyone else.
Sonny and Sandy Swinhart's picture book, Helpful Like a Honey Bee, is a great way to teach young readers what it means to be helpful. With spectacular photos of honey bees, hard at work gathering nectar and working in the hive, this story not only teaches young readers a little bit about honey bees and their usefulness, but it also teaches the importance of helping others and working together for the betterment of the community in which they live. The authors also use a few opposite examples, like selfish and disruptive, with relevant animals to accentuate their comparison. These are difficult concepts for young readers to grasp, but with a book such as this one, the understanding and comprehension become clearer, and soon young readers will be buzzing around, being helpful like honey bees (and letting you know they’re being helpful like honey bees).