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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite
Lydia Lukidis’ The Broken Bees’ Nest is a children’s educational picture book about a brother named Arun and his younger sister Keya who happen to stumble upon a broken bees’ nest in a tree while searching for the perfect spot for their treehouse. The two decide to reach out to someone they know who is a beekeeper in her spare time and they go about finding a new home for the bees. The tone of the narrative flows smoothly and the boxes on the sides of the pages - signifying additional information on bees - help it to feel even more interactive. The illustrations created by artist André Ceolin connect perfectly well with the storytelling, the colors are bright enough to stand out and help to turn a fictional world into one of reality, if but for a few moments.
The Broken Bees’ Nest by Lydia Lukidis had me smiling for most of the way. There were a lot of things that I didn’t know when it came to bees and I feel that this book would be beneficial for both children and adults. The interaction between the brother and his little sister feels very real to me and is enjoyable to see, coming from a home where I was the only child. The journey itself felt very plausible which I also appreciated seeing. I feel that there should be many more books out there like Lydia Lukidis’ The Broken Bees’ Nest so that children are truly learning about the wonders of the world around them.