Title: Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo’s Beemore Breakthru
Author: Oneeka Williams M.D.
Illustrator: Valerie Bouthyette
Publisher: Mascot Books
“Maybe, instead of more bees, we need to help the existing ones DO more, BEE more. If the bees can fly faster, can visit and pollinate more plants,” 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.
~ What ~
This numbered thirty-four-page oversized hardbound 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.
Having colorful illustrations, the tale incorporates educational pages regarding the three different types of bees, their role in the hive and life cycle, and how honey is made. Also added are games children can play that correlate to bees and their environment such as a beanbag toss, maze crawl, and the waggle dance. Added at the end are a glossary, dictionary, a dozen discovery questions, math challenge, and resource guide.
~ 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. I love all the information that could be used in a classroom or as a book report about bees, especially the additional data included at the end of the book.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like bees or a story of a girl who does surgery on the insects 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 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 ~
I wish more educational books for children were available that taught information while being part of a story, although the surgery mentioned is make-believe.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for another engaging, intellectual children’s book about Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo that offers a plethora of information about bees and how they live, this is an excellent teaching tool for young ones. Check out the additional coloring and activity book about the same topic.
Thanks to the author for this complimentary book that I freely am evaluating.
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