A Pure Delight
The Adventures Of Flora Bee: Saving Ruth Bee And Other Stories by Rhodri Davies is an absolutely delightful book for young children.
There are four individual tales which are totally charming and cleverly thought out. Adults reading the tales will raise a smile as we recognize several play-on-words. I particularly liked Red Bee Racing and also the fact that the whole of Wales was singing just one song all the time – Delilah by Tom Jones! That tale was hilarious.
The winning formula of double page spreads with six illustrations and six rhyming couplets continues to delight young and old alike.
The Adventures Of Flora Bee: Spies by Rhodri Davies is an other charming book in the series for young children.
The winning formula begun in book one continues – double pages with six rhyming couplets and illustrations. It appeals to all, with its’ familiarity. We know that the words will bounce along and the illustrations by Rob Anderson will be charming.
I particularly liked the bees dressed as spies and the picture of the villain with the cat on his lap.
There is a moral to be learnt – do not steal or copy others, design your own work.
The Adventures Of Flora Bee: Bee School by Rhodri Davies is a delightful book for young children. It will bring a smile to the faces of those who are listening and to the adults reading it. It is a book you will never grow tired of. More experienced readers will be able to read it themselves.
Each double page has six verses and six illustrations. It is written in rhyming couplets giving a lovely bouncy feel to it, and making it easy for children to join in.
The book is beautifully illustrated by Rob Anderson. The bees all look very friendly, appealing to young children. Both the pictures and the verses can be used as discussion points with our children as they are rich in detail.
The Silver Gate by L M Parry is an enchanting contemporary fairytale adventure for ages eight years and over. I am considerably older but I really enjoyed it.
This is an old-fashioned fairytale with traditional elements as we witness the fight between good and the powers of darkness. There are magical spells, fairies, talking animals and wizards to name but a few.
We see that not everything that appears good can be trusted. We need to discern who is good and who has been caught in a spell and spreading darkness.
To defeat evil, we need to remain steadfast and true, living in the light and not being deceived.
It is important to hold on to hope. To despair would be to admit defeat. Hope tells us there are better times ahead.