Ruth Waters, Not So Busy Bee, Windy Hollow Books, April 2021, 32 pp., RRP $25.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781922081872
Not So Busy Bee lives in the moment, spending his days appreciating all life has to offer. While the busy bees are working tirelessly to collect pollen for the Queen Bee’s birthday honey, Not So Busy Bee stops to help others, eventually returning with nothing to except the pollen on his wings. But this meagre offering changes the lives of the bees forever.
Not So Busy Bee features cute cameos by Not So Scary Bear and Not So Quiet Mouse, the titular characters in the first two books in the delightful ‘Not So’ series by Ruth Waters. The author-illustrator’s gentle words and charming hand-painted paper collages make for a heart-warming tale that celebrates tolerance, acceptance and taking time to ‘bee’ oneself.
Reviewed by Maura Pierlot