The Bee in the Blackberry Bush: A Children’s Book with a Good Message


I bought this for a measly $1 on Amazon on the recommendation of a friend and it’s not a purchase I regret. Granted, it would have to be awfully bad to regret one dollar. I’m cheap, but not that cheap.

This adorable little book isn’t one that James will return to time and again (I think a kid needs to be a little older than 4 to really appreciate the book) but he was very interested in it the first time we read it. It was the first book I ever read him on the Kindle. He’s used to books that are interactive on the Kindle, it was just odd to him for mom to be the one reading it to him rather than some voice actor.

The message of this book is absolutely priceless, though. It is thoroughly Christian. To not give away any of the plot, the book touches on the importance of friendship, selflessness, and seeing beyond the surface of people and situations. These are all important lessons for children to learn. It does have a quite sobering ending, but I don’t think it’s too bad for children. It’s just worthy of a warning.

I recommend it if you’re looking for something different, something closer the classical children’s lit of old. Definitely has to be an older kid, maybe school-age. Important message, just not a very catchy story for a little one.


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