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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
The Beetle and the Berry by Eve Heidi Bine-Stock is an adorable story for children about Arthur the beetle and the message he teaches through his behavior. Though only as small as a freckle, Arthur has a big appetite. He sets out in search of food one day and comes across a large, juicy berry. The berry is so large that Arthur feels he is standing next to an elephant. He knows it is food for him for a week, so he pushes the berry and rolls it across the ground to take it home. Arthur’s berry stops and gets stuck. He tries moving it many times, but the berry just does not move. Will Arthur be able to get it unstuck and take it home so that he has food for a week?
What I like about the story is that, though simple and charming, it has an underlying message that is strong and applicable to every stage in life. The illustrations are colorful and they give good clarity to the concept and the author’s words. It is a good storybook that can be used in classrooms for read aloud sessions because of its message. The author does an excellent job of weaving in an important message through a simple story. Arthur’s character is likeable and inspiring. Parents and grandparents can use this for bedtime storytelling too. Books like this are useful to children to help them grow with a good perspective about living, and to teach them perseverance and patience.