Busy Bees at Work and Play - M. Maitland DeLand
“Mama Bee was headed out of the house,
When Bambina Bee grabbed the sleeve of her blouse.
‘Momma, why do you have to work today?’
Why can’t you stay home and play?’” – From Busy Bees at Work and Play

In the adorable book Busy Bees at Work and Play, author M. Maitland DeLand takes children on a rhyming tour around town, showing bees performing all kinds of work.

From Letter Carrier Bee to Farmer Bee, Chef Bee to Ferryboat Bee, the townsfolk keep the town running smoothly by doing their respective jobs.

But it’s not all work in the neighborhood!

Mama points out that each of the bees—Policeman Bee, Computer Bee, Bus Driver Bee, and so on—also likes to play at the end of the day, asking Bambina if she can guess what each likes to do.

Tucked somewhere near each busy bee is a clue to how each plays at the end of the day. For example, there’s a kite near Fireman Bee’s truck, so we know he likes to fly kites at the end of the day. Slung over her shoulder, Zookeeper Bee’s bag contains yarn and crochet needles, so we can guess she likes to knit after work!

With colorful illustrations by Lyn Martin, Busy Bees at Work and Play tells a delightful story filled with various occupations and hobbies, showing children that it takes many types of people to keep a town up and running—and that every bee enjoys different ways to relax and play after a hard day’s work. The sing-song rhyming prose will no doubt keep children engaged, as will the brightly colored art and whimsically rendered bees.

Related Reviews
The Great Katie Kate Tackles Questions About Cancer - M. Maitland DeLand, M.D.
Immi's Gift - Karin Littlewood
You with the Stars in Your Eyes – Deepak Chopra and Dave Zaboski
Thank You, Angels! Doreen Virtue with Kristina Tracy; Illustrated by Patricia Keeler
Tiger-Tiger Is It True? Byron Katie and Hans Wilhelm
Santa's God - Neale Donald Walsch
Guardians of Being - Eckhart Tolle and Patrick McDonnell
Milton's Secret - Eckhart Tolle and Robert S. Friedman
The Dragonfly Secret - Clea and John Adams
Creature Teacher Cards - Scott Alexander King
Sara, Book 1: Sara Learns the Secret about the Law of Attraction - Hicks-Abraham
God's Promise - Maureen Moss and Gerald Purnell
The Little Soul and the Sun - Neale Donald Walsch
Mrs. Murphy’s Marvelous Mansion – Emma Perry Roberts and Robert Rogalski
Lucy Goose Goes to Texas - Holly Bea and Joe Boddy
How Would It Feel? - Mary Beth Goddard
Incredible You! 10 Ways to Let Your Greatness Shine Through - Wayne Dyer
Am I A Color Too? – Heidi Cole, Nancy Vogl and Gerald Purnell
Your Father Forever – Travis Griffith
Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes - Demian Elaine Yumei
Something Special - Terri Cholene
All I See Is A Part Of Me - Chara M. Curtis
We Share One World - Jane Hoffelt
Just For Today - Jan Phillips
How Far to Heaven? - Chara M. Curtis
Little Squarehead - Peggy O'Neill
Cassandra's Angel - Gina Otto
The Journey of Tunuri and the Blue Deer - James Endredy
Animals in the Stars: Chinese Astrology for Children -  Gregory Crawford
Unstoppable Me! - Dr. Wayne Dyer

Content copyright © by Janet Boyer. All rights reserved. This review was written by Janet Boyer. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission.