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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
Marie and Mr. Bee is a children’s story by Margaret Welwood. Marie is content in her cabin in the woods and has many forest friends. She likes helping them with their chores and playing games after she does her housework. One day Mr. Bee enters her house uninvited and cajoles Marie into playing games instead. He boasts about not working but eats the honey other bees make. Marie skips her duties and hangs out with Mr. Bee. One day she sees an angry swarm of bees chasing Mr. Bee away because he’s too lazy. Marie then realizes it was wrong to play with him and ignore collecting firewood to warm her cabin, and her chores. Mr. Bee returns in the summer and Marie makes a decision about their friendship.
'Make hay while the sun shines’ is a lesson Marie learnt the hard way when she ignored her duties. Margaret Welwood has included other valuable lessons such as forgiveness, friendship, and kindness in her book. Marie and Mr. Bee is for children in kindergarten to third grade. I seldom see books about children confined to wheelchairs or with other disabilities, so I was pleased to read this one. The author made Marie very independent and active although she uses a wheelchair. It is a lovely novella containing some lessons teachers and parents can use for motivation. Being disabled should not prevent anyone from having fun or working with others, and one should never succumb to peer pressure. Marie and Mr. Bee is highly recommended.