Please Please the Bees

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Benedict has a pretty sweet life for a bear. Every morning the bees leave a jar of honey on his doorstep, and every day he has honey for breakfast and honey in his tea. It’s an important part of his day. But all that changes when the bees go on strike. Now it’s up to Benedict to listen to the bees, and he realizes there’s a lot more he could be doing to help them. So he fixes up the hive and learns to be a better beekeeper. Will the bees be pleased?

  • 32 Pages
  • 10" x 10"
  • 9780807551837
  • April 2017

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  • March 2015

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  • Kelley shows a knack for a wry turn of phrase, an effective economy with character development, and a good sense of textual pacing. The illustrations are frequently a hoot, in particular the many hovering bees holding their signs aloft as Benedict looks on in consternation, and Benedict’s transformed yard is lovely to behold. This indeed should please the bees!

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • Gerald Kelley’s charming Please Please the Bees joins the shelf of grumpy-bear-learns-a-lesson tales, and has a good reminder for gratitude and kindness in readers of all ages.

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  • This beautifully illustrated picture book could serve multiple purposes, such as teaching students about appreciating those around you or introducing what it means to go on strike in a social studies class.

    - School Library Connection

Awards & Accolades

  • 2017 Frances & Wesley Bock Book Award for Children's Literature
  • The Original Art 2017 Exhibit
  • 2018 Storytelling World Resource Award Honor - Stories for Young Listeners
  • 2018 ILA-CBC Children's Choices

Please Please the Bees read by Rashida Jones


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.5
  • ATOS Level: 2.7