Friday, May 3, 2019

Review: Kindness Matters: Sharing Bees by Antoinette Clark

by Antoinette Clark
Illustrated by Russel Wayne
Picture Book
ages 4 to 8

Sadie is a kind worker bee who enjoys sharing with all of the other bees in Honeycomb City. Sharing and being kind makes Sadie very happy! Now that Spring has arrived, Sadie and her best bee friends, Gabby, Madi, and Simone, have made plans to leave Honeycomb City to find pollen. While they are away pollinating, Sadie helps the bees share and get safely back to Honeycomb City. 


Sweet as honey, this tale demonstrates the importance of sharing.

Sadie is a worker bee with a kind heart. She loves nothing more than gathering nectar and helping to feed her family and the baby bees in the Honeycomb. With Spring beaming its warmth and flowers sprouting up everywhere, she can't wait to get out with her friends and gather as they buzz from flower to flower. And oh, what flowers they find! But when a sudden rainstorm threatens to ruin everything, Sadie comes up with a quick and great solution.

My favorite part of this book is the illustrations. They are bright, colorful and bring the excitement and joy of the bees to life. While the bees with their human, large heads at first made me wonder, it turned out to be a wonderful way to depict these fun insects. The illustrations flow right along with the story, making sure kids can grab this book up and explore the tale even on their own.

The story itself is warm, encouraging and offers a lovely message. Sadie and the bees are very friendly, kind and work together. It's an inspiring group with joy which radiates from every page. The message comes across loud and clear as Sadie saves the day. Only the middle of the story wandered a bit with distraction. Still, the text is very fitting to the age group and it makes a nice read aloud.

And here she is...

ANTOINETTE CLARK is the president and CEO of Shoulders of Strength, Inc. an agency providing counseling services to people of all ages as well as support coordination services for those with developmental delays and disabilities. Clark and her staff have been helping those in need at Shoulders of Strength for over 14 years. She is the author of the Kindness Matters Series, born from her belief in the power of kindness and helping others. For more on the work Clark is doing, visit

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