Little Miss Grubby Toes Steps on a Bee!

Children - Concept
32 Pages
Reviewed on 04/24/2015
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Author Biography

Eddie Price, author of the award-winning historical fiction novel Widder’s Landing, is a lifelong native of Kentucky. A graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College (BA) and Western Kentucky University (MA and Rank I), Eddie taught history for 36 years (31 at Hancock County High School). He also taught part-time classes for 21 years at Owensboro Community & Technical College. In that time he received Ashland Oil’s Golden Apple Teaching Award, was included in Who’s Who Among America’s High School Teachers, and won the Outstanding American History Teacher Award from KATH (Kentucky Association for the Teachers of History) and KCSS (Kentucky Council for the Social Studies.) Murray State University named him Outstanding Kentucky High School Teacher in 2000. He also received the Excellence in Teaching Award from Campbellsville University, Kentucky in 2012. His students voted him “Teacher of the Year” numerous times. Eddie has coached many award-winning academic teams and history contest winners. He is active in the Hancock County Historical Society and helped organize the Young Historians Club there. Eddie is world traveler who enjoys bicycling, horseback riding, and swimming. He now lives in Hancock County, Kentucky. He has two daughters, Sheena and Breanne.

Additional author information:

**Designated a “Kentucky Writer” by the Kentucky Arts Council 2012
* *Kentucky Humanities Council Speaker’s Bureau 2012-2013 and 2013-2014
**Kentucky Historical Society/Kentucky Bicentennial Commission War of 1812 endorsement.
**Endorsed by the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives
**National Society United States Daughters of 1812 “Spirit of 1812 Award”
**Novel Widder’s Landing recognized by Kentucky Governor Steven Beshear
**Commendation from Kentucky State Senate
**Presented to Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear an US President Bill Clinton
**Widder’s Landing named “Gold Medalist” in the 2013 Reader’s Favorite Award Contest: for Best Historical Fiction at the 2013 Miami International Book Fair
**Widder’s Landing was included in the 2014 Kentucky State Fair Special Exhibitions Bibliography
**National review in “1812 War Cry” Magazine Winter 2014, General Society of the War of 1812
**Review in “Kentucky Pioneer” the Kentucky State Sons of the American Revolution newsletter.
**Juried and accepted as a Kentucky work at the Kentucky Artisan Center, Berea, KY
**Director, Hancock County Museum
**Board Member, Hancock County Historical Society
**Author of the “Little Miss Grubby Toes” Misadventure Series. June 2015

    Book Review

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.

Dr. Oliva Dsouza

Little Miss Grubby Toes Steps on a Bee! by Eddie Price is a beautifully illustrated story about a little girl who prefers to run around without shoes. She does not pay heed to her parents' advice on the importance of wearing footwear while running about in the garden, and she lands up in trouble. Ms. Grubby Toes wants to have fun in her own way and do her own thing. But, what happens when she is being naughty and not listening to Mama and Daddy? Does she learn a lesson from her misadventure?

As a mother of two very mischievous toddlers, I loved this book. All it took was one reading with my children session to drive home the importance of wearing shoes, especially while running about outside. Now, I just need to say "Ms. Grubby Toes" and the kids put on their shoes before stepping out. It worked like a charm and to those parents struggling to talk logic with their toddler, this book could surely help. Mark Wayne Adams has done an outstanding job with the illustrations. The pictures bring the story to life and the kids enjoyed giggling over Ms. Grubby Toes jumping in the puddle and trying to catch a butterfly. It is always a joy when kids willingly learn and agree to listen. This is possible only when they understand the concept and this simple story has managed to do just that. The message is concise and clear. Surely, a winner of a book.

Jane Finch

Little Miss Grubby Toes Steps On A Bee!, written by Eddie Price and illustrated by Mark Wayne Adams, is a really nice story with a message. It tells the story of a little girl who is called Little Miss Grubby Toes because she always insists on taking her shoes off and playing barefoot outside. Despite warnings from her mother, the little girl thinks it won’t hurt, and although she had said she would keep her shoes on, it is a warm day and she can’t resist jumping in mud and letting her feet feel free of shoes. When a butterfly flutters past, she jumps off her swing to catch it and steps on a bee, which stings her. She cries loudly and her mother has to pull out the sting and treat the wound quickly. The little girl learned a valuable lesson about doing as her parents tell her, and that there is a reason why they have rules.

This book is beautifully illustrated with colourful and amusing pictures that will have a young reader mesmerised by each page. The story, too, is told in a happy and carefree tone, but with an underlying message. The author, Eddie Price, has done a very good job of conveying a message in a way that children will relate to. It’s a good way of emphasising the message of obeying instructions. This is a book that would work well in a classroom setting as well as being a story that can be read to a child by a parent.

Robert Ahanes

Nourished by kids living in their wonderlands, Eddie Price, along with the charming illustrations by Mark Wayne Adams, greet both kids and their parents with Little Miss Grubby Toes Steps On A Bee! In this book, Little Miss Grubby Toes, a nicknamed youngster who refuses to obey her mother, puts herself in a troublesome situation which could lead to even worse consequences. Little Miss Grubby Toes craves running around, experiencing the world barefoot. Nevertheless, while jumping around to catch a beautiful butterfly, she gets hurt due to the bees around the yard where her father hasn't mowed lately. She suddenly steps on a bee. Will Little Miss Grubby Toes be all right, or she will get sick like her fellow youngsters?

Eddie Price is a skilled author, infusing both entertainment and education into his work. He has created a fanciful world for kids to communicate with the characters and natural elements, as well as the message he conveys to youngsters and their parents. His book’s message is for both age groups. That makes this outwardly modest and beautiful book unique compared to other books written for children and even teenagers. Safety is Price’s number one concern. Therefore, he uses the simplest language to give advice. Additional questions and words make Little Miss Grubby Toes an entertainment-packed educational package. Unlike other children’s books that little readers read but then forget about on the corner of a bookshelf, Eddie Price’s book keeps them enthralled to remind them of the message he wants to convey. Little Miss Grubby Toes is a must-read for all youngsters.

Michelle Robertson

A young girl is nicked-named "Little Miss Grubby Toes" by her parents because she didn't like wearing her shoes. As a result her feet and toes were always dirty and grubby. One particular day, Little Miss Grubby Toes wanted to go outside and play. Her mother agreed, but only if she kept her shoes on because the grass wasn't mowed and bees were on the wild flowers. Without her shoes on, they would sting her bare feet and toes. Little Miss Grubby Toes agreed and started playing outside. As the playing, chasing, and fun continued, she began to feel hot, especially on her feet. Will Little Miss Grubby Toes obey her mother or will she take off her shoes?

Little Miss Grubby Toes Steps on a Bee by Eddie Price is a charming children's story introducing young readers to the concepts of obeying, listening, and consequences. The author digs deep into the mind of a child as he portrays the main character's emotions, movements, mannerisms, and actions. Like most children, the main character in the story, Miss Grubby Toes, wants to be a good girl and obey her mother, but in the heat of the moment, she does what her instincts tell her to do and disobeys. Most young children would have done the same in a similar situation, just being children, growing and learning.

The story plot and dialog are creatively written to relate to any child of the character's age. A young reader will learn valuable lessons and concepts concerning the importance of obedience, listening, and consequences. Little Miss Grubby Toes did not listen to her mother's warning and instructions, and disobeyed her. Therefore the consequence of her action was that she got stung by a bee. The book is a great resource for young readers, parents, and teachers alike to utilize and enjoy.

Mary Mingus

This book is great for either gender of children from listening age up who need to "listen to their Mother". The message is clear without being condescending. It is beautifully illustrated with many cute characters who interact with Miss Grubby Toes.

Katrina Miller

Just read "Little Miss Grubby Toes" to my special needs daughter , she laughed about so many pictures. I purchased my book at the KEHA state meeting. I plan purchases in the future from this author. Loved the book