Published: May 16, 2023
I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review.
The number of books that have been on my radar within the past couple of years about the bee crisis lead me to believe that bees are this generation's ozone layer. Talk about the hole in the ozone layer and it's danger and what was causing it seemed like a really big deal when I was a kid. Dwindling bee population seems to be becoming a pretty big deal now. The message in all the books is pretty clear. We need to act now before it's too late, just like we did for the ozone layer.
This story is about a young warthog (?) named Camilla who sees her bee friend struggling in his present environment to do his bee job, and she wants to help. She gathers her community to make the forest a more bee friendly environment with water stations and even more flowers closer to the hive. The story shows these steps helping the hive thrive, and they are easy enough things for humans to do in our own communities too. The message is subtle here, but it's definitely there.
The illustrations were a fun mix of the animal characters doing animal things and human things. They were clearly being humanized, but not completely. They really helped to show the story and the various steps that can be taken to help save our bee community, and probably other pollinators as well. Overall I give this book 4.36 out of 5 stars. - Katie