Holly the Honeybee Dancing Star
New Frontier, 2019
32pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
Holly the honeybee is the dancing star of her hive: she waggles, she wiggles, and she waggles again. But is there a secret message in Holly’s waggle dance? And could it help the bees survive through a long, hot summer?
The understanding of the importance of bees in our environment and their current plight, particularly during this drought, is becoming more and more widespread, and this is the most stunning book to help little children learn what about these creatures. While it focuses on Holly’s dance that leads the bees to the source of the nectar for their honey, it also offers an opportunity to talk about their critical role in the pollination of plants, without which we would have much less food to choose from.
Adding to the reality of the book are the remarkable illustrations from Stephen Pym and you can read how much work went into designing Holly so she was an accurate yet appealing interpretation here. The Australian bush is brought to life and readers may have fun identifying familiar species.
To add to the authenticity, there is a page with more information about Holly so adults can easily answer the questions young readers will have.
A must-have addition to any collection that focuses on the environment and its sustainability.