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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Little Miss Grubby Toes Steps on a Bee! is a children's picture book written by Eddie Price and illustrated by Mark Wayne Adams. Little Miss Grubby Toes loves to play outside, but she hates wearing her shoes. It's much more fun to run around barefoot, and she does that everywhere, getting her feet very dirty in the process. That's why her father started calling her by her nickname. One day, however, her mother says that she can go outside and play, but she can't take off her shoes outside because the lawn hasn't been cut and there are a lot of bees flying around. At first, Miss Grubby Toes keeps those shoes on, but after a lot of running around and playing, her feet get so hot and those shoes are so uncomfortable. She starts to think that maybe, if she were very careful about where she stayed, being barefoot might be okay.
Eddie Price's children's concept book, Little Miss Grubby Toes Steps on a Bee! is entertaining and educational all at once. The message that parents and guardians have good reasons for setting limits and imposing restrictions is artfully conveyed in this whimsical and beautifully illustrated fable. Adams' watercolor paintings are marvelous! I loved the expressions on the little miss and her animal friends' faces, especially when she's considering taking off those shoes. The looks of dismay and concern on the animals' faces are priceless. I also enjoyed the educational aspect of the tale which dealt with the steps honeybees take to produce honey, and the real dangers that severely allergic people face when stung by bees. Little Miss Grubby Toes Steps on a Bee! is recommended.