It always gives me great pleasure to review children’s books and so I’m delighted to be part of the launch celebrations for Kimmy the Koala Helps the Honey Bees by Graham Swan.
Published by Clink Street on 1st August 2017, Kimmy the Koala Helps the Honey Bees is available for purchase here.
Kimmy the Koala Helps the Honey Bees
Kimmy the Koala loves few things more than honey, eating it for breakfast everyday during the summer months. When he asks the wise tree, Warewood, where his favorite treat comes from though, he is startled to learn the bees who produce the honey are struggling because of the weather. Now determined to help, he recruits Penny the Panda, Ronnie the Rat and his other forest pals to plant wild flowers throughout the woods to give them plenty of pollen to make honey with for the next year..
My Review of Kimmy the Koala Helps the Honey Bees
If you love honey like Kimmy, you have to know how to help the bees produce it.
I’m going to get one tiny criticism out of the way before I continue. Almost all of the direct speech in Kimmy the Koala Helps the Honey Bees does not begin on a new line for a change of speaker which is what we would normally expect and I like children’s books to model literacy conventions. There’s also the odd slip in tenses from present to past, but that is my adult educational head reviewing rather than a child’s love of story.
That aside, I like this children’s book. The illustrations are wonderful and add so much to the story. I thought adding in partly coloured pages at the end to provide an activity for children was an inspired touch too. There’s a great opportunity for discussion as, once the story is read, the map at the beginning can be looked at again and children asked what happened at each location so that the story can be returned to time and again. The language is quite challenging and will help extend children’s vocabulary.
The themes of conservation, friendship, sharing and cooperation are perfect for the target audience so that there is much to recommend in Kimmy the Koala Helps the Honey Bees.
About Graham Swan
Graham Swan is a graphic designer and accomplished artist, who lectures part-time in graphics. Writing for his grand children Graham is also an animal lover and produced all the images in Kimmy the Koala Helps the Honey Bees.
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