Corbin Speaks Bee

Children - Picture Book
32 Pages
Reviewed on 12/22/2022
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Author Biography

Emma Pesis is the BiblioKid Author of CORBIN SPEAKS BEE. Emma is an outdoor educator in the Pacific Northwest, facilitating place-based learning for children of all ages and in all weather. Her book is inspired by her time consulting with teachers at schools on how to use their local outdoor spaces to support Next Generation Science Standards and classroom learning.

After moving from California to get a B.A. in Environmental Science and an M.S. in Educational Leadership & Policy with a specialization in Leadership for Sustainability Education in Oregon, she resides along the Snohomish River in Washington with her husband and two cats. When she’s not gardening, she’s often in pursuit of her latest crafting obsession, baking, or listening to an audiobook.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Melanie Kennedy for Readers' Favorite

Corbin Speaks Bee is a sweet, educational children’s picture book by Emma Pesis and illustrated by Divya George. Corbin’s not like any other kid – he can speak Bee. Well, sort of. He watches them carefully, and in turn, they teach him all kinds of important facts and tricks. That’s why Corbin is so excited for the observation day coming up when all his friends will learn to speak Bee too. Unfortunately, Corbin’s classmates have other ideas. They think bees are scary bugs that need to be squished. Corbin can’t believe that anyone would want to hurt the bees and worries all night before the field day. What will they do? How can he ever convince them of how wonderful bees are? Luckily for Corbin, his teacher Ms. Allende is there to set his fears aside and soon Corbin has the whole class speaking Bee.

Corbin Speaks Bee is a heartwarming story about nature’s beauty and how to look after it. It’s a great introduction for kids to bees and their important role in the ecosystem. It teaches children not to judge a book by its cover and encourages kids to interact with nature. Emma Pesis shares some fun facts about bees while Divya George illustrates Corbin’s adventures in the field. Her drawings are sweet and emotive and complement the powerful lesson. The story is wonderfully written and illustrated. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and looking at the beautiful images. It’s a sweet children’s book with an important message that every child should learn.

Keith Mbuya

When Corbin’s teacher announces that the class will go on a field trip the following day to learn about bees and flowers, the whole class voices their disapproval. Corbin’s classmates regard bees as boring bugs that sting. Corbin knows a lot about bees and that his classmates are wrong. However, Corbin is worried that his classmates would squash the bees. His teacher asks him to help her teach his classmates how to act around bees. Corbin is excited, but there are concerns. How would he prevent his classmates from hurting the bees and how could he teach them all that he knew? Would his classmates even listen to him? Corbin Speaks Bee by Emma Pesis will provide the answers.

Corbin Speaks Bee will appeal to lovers of adventure stories for children. Emma anchors her storyline in themes such as humility, courage, and compassion. The story will teach a kid important lessons such as believing in oneself, learning to listen, and being authentic when dealing with others. Emma Pesis adds to her narration with beautiful images. These served to stimulate my imagination while following the story as well as making the reading experience both colorful and amusing. Emma brought Corbin’s qualities to the fore. He is a brave, caring, selfless, and humble kid. He did not hide his knowledge of bees from his classmates. Instead, he shared everything he knew with them.

Bruce Arrington

Corbin Speaks Bee, by Emma Pesis, is an illustrated children’s book about Corbin, a boy who is naturally curious, quiet around wildlife, and perhaps most important of all, observant. These qualities allow him to learn about the world around him, specifically about bees. Instead of reading about them from a book, he uses his senses of sight and hearing to gain insights into the fascinating life of bees. One day the teacher announces to the class that they will be having an observation time in the schoolyard the next day, all focused on their local flowers and bees. Of course, Corbin is excited about this, but his classmates are not. He worries that their predisposition toward these creatures will only bring them harm. What is Corbin to do?

This is an excellent story about learning new things, and how one person can make a positive difference to the perceptions of others. The story is written in a way that makes it believable and enjoyable at the same time. The book can awaken the understanding of children to other creatures they fear, encouraging them to learn more before reacting. The end of the book provides a list of fun facts about bees, adding to a child’s interest in these remarkable creatures. The illustrations are bright, colorful, and highly detailed and will draw the reader into the story. Corbin Speaks Bee by Emma Pesis is an engaging and radiant tale that children will want to read again and again. Highly recommended.