Title: Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo’s Beemore Breakthru Coloring & Activity Book
Author: Oneeka Williams M.D.
Illustrator: Valerie Bouthyette
Publisher: Mascot Books
“I’m Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo, Super Surgeon on the go! My hands were made to heal. I cut, I sew, I tie with zeal; no problem is too big or small, Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo can tackle them all!” the young surgeon declares as she sews wings on to worker bees in Oneeka Williams’s children’s book, Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo’s Beemore Breakthru Coloring & Activity Book.
~ What ~
This unnumbered thirty-two-page activity paperback targets ages six to twelve years old, especially those interested in the life of bees, pollination, and medicine. With no scary or violent scenes, it does contain complicated words that beginner readers will need help understanding or pronouncing.
The story is about a young girl who saves bees on the Island of Positivity after learning the insects are dying. With the aid of her family and friends, she creates robotic wings that can be attached to bees so they can pollinate faster. The governor of the island presents her with a medal, and the bees are happy they are productive again.
With all the pages in black and white illustrations, it is a coloring book. Also included are a crossword puzzle, maze, dance instructions, and word search game plus paper doll cut outs using the back of the book’s jacket. There are educational pages regarding different types of bees, their role in the hive and body parts, flower descriptions, how honey is made, and names of different medical tools.
~ Why ~
The story contains scientific information on bees and pollination that adults can glean knowledge when reading it to a child. Although the tale is fictitious, it is educational and instructional, teaching young ones about the creative, unique insects and how they live.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like bees or doing interactive activities in a book will pass on this one as some of the pages are for the older children. Young ones or those visually challenged may be overwhelmed with the busyness of its contents, but it offers plenty of entertainment and information.
~ Who ~
As a practicing surgeon, Dr. Oneeka Williams grew up in the Caribbean and always had a love for medicine. She attended Harvard Medical School and has written several children’s books. Valerie Bouthyette is an award-winning graphic artist, living in upstate New York. Her expressive and easy-to-understand designs cover the pages.
~ Wish ~
With only black and white illustrations, having some color interspersed in the pages would be helpful. Peel and stick stickers that could complete some of the drawings might be enjoyed by those who do not like to color. I loved including the paper doll pages and wish more books added them.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for an engaging, intellectual activity book that explains bees and how they live, this is an excellent choice that will keep children occupied while they learn something interesting. Check out the additional hardbound book with the same topic.
Thanks to the author for this complimentary book that I freely am evaluating.
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