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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Just Be with Bizzy Bee! is a concept book for children and their parents written by Hilary Hawkes. While the story teaches children about bees and how they gather nectar and store honey in their hives, it also provides instructions for getting children to relax and have some quiet, reflective rest stops. Bizzy works hard gathering the nectar from all the flowers he sees, but when he starts to feel tired, he finds somewhere quiet and peaceful where he can just be at rest. The author provides simple instructions for guided relaxation within the text itself, but she also includes a section on Guided Relaxation for children in the back of the book for adults to read aloud to their children while they are relaxing.
Hilary Hawkes' concept picture-book for children, Just Be with Bizzy Bee!, is a fun and instructive book that uses a bee to teach kids how to enjoy relaxation. I loved the brightly colored pictures of Bizzy at work, and appreciated the simple and subtle way in which the author introduces a different type of time out than most kids are used to. Rather than being something at best boring and, at worst, a mild form of correction, Hawkes engages the child in an activity that is mind expanding, enjoyable and restful all at once. The Guided Relaxation Exercises she includes are suitable for 'bizzy bees' of all ages as well, even those adults who happen to be sharing the book with their young companions. Just Be with Bizzy Bee! is highly recommended.