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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Sadie stretched her pretty silver wings when the sun shone brightly into the Honeycomb City Beehive. It was the first day of spring and Sadie's antennas began to wiggle when she smelled the flowers growing outside the beehive. She buzzed through the hive to the bee nursery. Sadie loved feeding the cute little baby bees. Her friends - Gabby, Simone, and Madi - also buzzed out of the hive with Sadie in search of their favorite flowers. There were a lot of hungry baby bees to feed. Sadie enjoyed buzzing from flower to flower, gathering enough nectar and pollen to last the winter for her bee family. Orange blossom was Sadie's favorite flower and the worker bees were all busy on the first day of spring, gathering nectar and pollen to take back to Honeycomb City. What happens when it starts raining?
Kindness Matters: Sharing Bees by Antoinette Clark is a beautiful story of sharing, kindness, and team work, and it is heartening and motivating to see the worker bees sharing the workload and reaching their hive before the downpour. The illustrations by Russel Wayne are charming, bright, and lively and they bring the scenes and characters alive. The author gives Sadie a personality of her own, filled with grace and kindness that make her loveable to readers. The writing style is simple and fluid so that children will find it easy while reading. The book is definitely a good one for read aloud and storytelling sessions in classrooms and school libraries because of its encouraging message. Parents can read it out to their children at home to help them understand the concept of kindness and sharing.