What the World Needs Now-Bees! by Cheryl Rosebush
Inside the sprawling forests of Ontario, Canada lives a friendly black bear named Melly. One of Melly’s favourite things to do is EAT! And many of the delicious fruits she snacks on wouldn’t grow without the help of some very important little forest creatures.
What the World Needs Now: Bees! explores the vital role busy, busy bees play in helping plants to grow the food people and animals love to eat.
I was born and raised in Southern Ontario, Canada in the cities of Burlington and St. Catharines. Long before the internet and mobile phones (now I’m aging myself!), my childhood was spent in forests and parks, on bike rides, and playing hide and seek until the streetlights came on. My family did comical Griswold-style road trips in wood-paneled station wagons. We spent summers swimming in friends’ backyards. These are my very fortunate roots.
I knew from an early age that my destiny would take me far from Southern Ontario. I graduated high school and moved to Montreal to study international politics at McGill University. The subject fascinated me, but as graduation approached, I realized I didn’t know what I wanted to do with a degree in international politics. I didn’t want to become a lawyer. I didn’t want to become a politician or civil servant. The media industry, on the other hand, intrigued me.
The West Coast of Canada also intrigued me. So, after graduating McGill, I packed up again, moved to Vancouver and took the first media job I could get at a local Top 40 radio station (Z.95.3) in Vancouver. Best job. Great bosses. I learned so much. But after a couple of years there, the winds of change came calling again.
September 11, 2001. In a heartbeat, Z95.3 went from playing Britney Spears to reporting up-to-the-minute information on the local, national and international fallout of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. In that moment, I knew I had found my calling. I wanted to do something that was needed on a good day, and needed even more on a bad day. I wanted to become a full-time journalist.
So, I packed my bags again (a running theme in my life), and moved to Ottawa, Ontario to do my Masters of Journalism. Another incredible two years culminated in me getting a research internship with the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) in London, England. That position helped me land back in Montreal for a second chapter there as local news reporter for the CBC. While I was there, I wore just about every hat you could in CBC’s radio and TV newsrooms. Depending on the day, I was a researcher, producer, reporter, or online writer. I even filled in for the weather reports every once in a while.
Review by Dr Clare Horrocks and Adam Berney (8)
What the World Needs Now – Bees is a lovely picture and information book aimed at 4 – 8 year olds. My son has been learning about habitats at school so we were particularly excited to receive this book for review – though he is now asking for the next book in the series on Trees!
Adam has reviewed books for the Love Books team before so he read the book first. As a parent it was lovely to hear him exclaim “oh, now I didn’t know that!” several times. Interestingly when Adam talked me through his review, this was the exact reason he loved it, that he could read through it several times and still find different things to learn. So this is obviously a book that engage on many different levels – Adam is 8 so he enjoyed the content as well as the pictures however we both agreed a younger child would still be engaged by the beautiful illustrations created by Zuzana Svobodova.
The small young bear, featured on the cover, is called Melly. Her role in the book is to be like us Adam says, a figure you can associate with and who asks the questions we may be thinking of too. The book is set in Canada but the contextual information about the country, its animals and its environment make the book accessible to readers from different cultures. Adam liked finding out not only about the different species of bees but also the variety of animals in the food chain in a country that he has not visited. So I do think we will be adding Canada to our holiday list too!
As a parent it is nice to see environmental issues dealt with in a sensitive and approachable manner. There is nothing didactic in the message about the dangers of pesticides but it is good that it is there and that children are empowered to start to form their own opinions on climate change and environmentalism. It certainly generated an interesting after dinner talk for me and Adam.
Clare and Adam Berney (8)
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