Maddy McGuire CEO: Bring Back the Bees by Emma Bland Smith/A Review

Maddy McGuire, CEO: Bring Back the Bees
Author: Emma Bland Smith
Length: 112 pages
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Publisher: Calico/Magic Wagon
Release Date: August 1, 2018

As part of a summer assignment, I began reading children’s books to remotely distribute to families in my school district. Being a lover of books, I found this to be an ideal opportunity to expose myself to more children’s fiction, and share my thoughts on them!

Maddy McGuire is a young girl who has natural business skills. While visiting a museum with her family, Maddy becomes aware of the decline in bee colonies. Right away, Maddy and her friends take on the task in bringing a bee hive to her school. During their journey, Maddy discovers that fostering a neighborhood bee colony takes a lot of footwork. Through some tricky situations and teamwork, Maddy learns that bringing an huge idea into fruition requires a community effort!

Bring Back the Bees has diverse representation. Maddy’s close friend Amina is from Syria, and the book provides a brief back story from a previous installment about Maddy’s efforts in making Amina’s family welcome in the neighborhood. Although the story is fiction, it provides some factual information in becoming a young entrepreneur to benefit your community.

This book is definitely beneficial for grade school children who are interested in learning about helping community members through teamwork. It’s great reading material for educators to offer students!

**This book is part of a series, but you don’t need to read them back to back to learn about Maddy and her friends!**

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Synopsis

On a trip to the science museum, Maddy learns that bees are fast becoming endangered. As someone with a strong concern for the environment (and a keen love of honey!), she wants to bring a hive to her school. Unfortunately, the beekeeper at the community garden is struggling with her business. Maddy comes up with her sweetest plan yet: a honey-focused booth at the farmers market. The profits will save the beekeeper’s business and the beekeeper will give Maddy’s school its own hive. Maddy’s learned a lot about business, but things get sticky when she translates her skills to the conservation world. Aligned to Common Core standards and correlated to state standards.

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Blogmas Day 12: Christmas Books I Read to My Class

     As a Toddler Lead Teacher, I enjoy reading stories to children each and every day. When Christmas rolls around, I love gathering stories related to the holiday season. Along with stories related to my curriculum, I mix it up with Christmas stories. What I have pictured is just a few of the stories I have available in my room for Christmas: 

Curious George: Curious About Christmas
     This story shows Curious George and the Man With the Yellow Hat getting prepared for that special day in December.

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Winter, by Ann Blades
     This story has no words, yet the images of two children

venturing out into the snowy evening to celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah are very endearing. My children love to view the children sledding in the snow!

Biscuit’s Pet and Play Christmas
     This story has rich textures for small children, allowing them to explore the story as well as listening to Biscuit’s adventure as he gets ready for Christmas.

The Gingerbread Man
     This classic story shows us a elderly couple baking a gingerbread man who comes to life, causing the villagers to go on a wild chase.
 


September 25, 2018: Classroom Prep and Friendship

My naptime CDs from Amazon came in today! I’m very happy, since the ones I keep at work are skipping like crazy due to overuse. Andy is going to create a copy of the CDs so I can make another copy in case the disc stops working again.

Today is my friend Iris’s birthday! Iris is a very good friend from college. We maintained our friendship after graduation, and we discovered that we went through similar hardships and joys during our life journeys, close to the same period. We haven’t been able to make contact in recent weeks due to life’s complications (and scheduling). I sent a warm birthday message to her though. At least, I think of it as a warm message…it’s tough to interpret feelings on a text message, but I’m always hopeful that Iris has a wonderful birthday.

Now it’s on to laminate things for my classroom before reading my book. Now that a new theme is coming up, I need to prepare the display messages and theme wall. It’s always the first week of a new theme that’s stressful, due to the preparation.