Review Blog

Jul 13 2009

Flight of the bumblebee by Hazel Edwards

cover image

Ill. By Mini Goss. CD narrated by Antonia Kidman. New Frontier, 2009.
(Ages 5-8) The first in the Music Box series, Flight of the bumblebee is a clever combination of a story and a piece of classical music. Bumble is a little honeybee who has no sense of direction. He bumps into branches and misses petals when he should be collecting pollen. It is not until the kind Drone gets him to fly to Flight of the bumblebee, a piece of music about a king and a bee-prince, that he able to find his way.
This is a captivating story by Hazel Edwards, with amusing illustrations by Min Goss. The story will stand-alone if read by a teacher, but the addition of the wonderful background music by the composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in Antonia Kidman's narration makes it something very special indeed. The music is such a fine piece and will be a wonderful introduction to classical works for young children. There is a section about the composer and the origins of the music at the back of the book.
A useful addition to the library or for classroom use this story can be read aloud by the teacher or the students can listen to the CD. In the classroom it will be a boon for teachers wanting to give students a taste of classical music or are looking for literature to use when teaching a unit on insects. Teacher's notes are also available.
Pat Pledger

BUY IT NOW ON booktopia
Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
Indie Book Awards 2017
CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 shortlist
CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 shortlist
School Library Association Information Book Award 2017
2017 UKLA Book Awards shortlists
International Children's Book Day 2nd April, 2017
Branford Boase Award 2017 longlist
Children's Book Award 2017 shortlist
Infographic: Teen reading habits
Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2017
National Simultaneous Storytime 2017

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2016
South Australian Christian Schools Conference 2016 - Library Displays
Display calendars
Science fiction and fantasy lists SAETA conference 2015
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Books for boys
Bookmark and poster templates