I am super excited to share my review of The Beedog with you all as part of this wonderful Blog Tour. Many thanks to Rachel and Two Umbrellas for allowing me to participate. I hope you enjoy reading about all about this educational children’s book.
About The Book
An award-winning picture book that will get little ones excited about science.
While building a unique sandcastle, Cora and Manny spot a rather curious insect.
Soon, the little scientists keep a watchful eye on the insect’s movements, while learning about the natural environment along the way.
A great book for STEM education and home-school projects or just curious little ones who love science. Book extras include fun, printable activities related to science learning and research.
This book tells the story of Cora and Manny and their trip to Carvalho Beach in Portugal. At the beach they excitedly decide to build a sand sculpture of Cora’s cat, complete with toilet paper for it to play with! An accidental trip later means the sculpture is flattened, but on closer inspection the pair see something moving under the toilet paper and decide to investigate. Finding an unusual looking insect that can shovel sand and looks like a bee with large eyes the duo are intrigued, resolving to discover its identity when they return home. Once home and with the internet to help them they are able to discover the true identity of the new friend they met on the beach.
There’s nothing I love more than learning something new when reading a book and Leo and I both learned plenty when we shared The Beedog: An Insect in Portugal. At only five, Leo loves nothing more than learning about new things and this book really sparked his imagination. There is a wonderful section at the back of the book filled with scientific facts and figures about insects which we spent a long time discussing and I know he will be telling friends and family about for months to come.
The focus of this story is all about discovery and finding out about new things, something I wholeheartedly encourage in our household. I love that when they returned home Manny and Cora used the computer to find out about what they had discovered and that they really had to think about and analyse the information they had to find what they were looking for, using trial and error to eventually find their answer.
The book is illustrated by Joyeeta Neogi with bright, colourful pictures that encapsulate and bring the story to life perfectly, with plenty of humour along the way! Once finished reading we were able to access several online printable resources which provided a fun, educational way to continue the learning. This story would be perfect for teachers/educators to share with their class using the online resources as a follow up for classroom learning.
This book educates children in a fun, accessible way, taking them along with Manny and Cora on their journey of discovery. I hope to share more books of this kind with Leo in the future as he is like a sponge and at an age where he enjoys absorbing information and The Beedog fits the criteria perfectly. The book is suitable for children from preschool upwards and thanks to it’s large print and reasonably limited vocab would also be ideal for early readers.
About The Author
Addie is an avid traveler, and once went on a solo journey to fifteen countries in one year. When she encounters something unique, she writes about it. Her first published picture book, The Beedog, is about a curious insect that she found in southern Portugal.
Addie began her writing journey when she was just nine years old, with a book called Doggienauts. That book has been updated and is set for publication in 2018. Addie is originally from the United States and is currently a full-time traveller. Home is where her suitcase is.
About The Illustrator
Joyeeta is a children’s book illustrator who has worked with international authors and publishers. Her engagement with worldwide clients and multicultural themes has allowed her to create captivating original animal and child characters. Her art captures the expressions, movements and vibrancy of life within simple compositions to bring the author’s story to life. In her free time, Joyeeta is busy with painting and music. She loves to paint in oil and acrylic, and has also developed a passion for watercolor.
*We were gifted a copy of this book in return for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are our own.