“From sunshine and rain to plants and honey, there is so much to be thankful for.”

This is the premise of Thank You, Bees, the newest title from Toni Yuly. In the author’s own words, “Thank You, Bees was inspired by the curiosity of my young son. I think all children feel a connection to the natural world, and now more than ever, we need to encourage this feeling and to nurture the awareness that we are a part of this planet and that the gifts all around us cannot be taken for granted.”

Even with the sparseness of the prose, this message certainly comes across brilliantly. Similar to the little mouse in Goodnight Moon, the narrator of Thank You, Bees extends gratitude to a variety of nature’s gifts, from the sun and the Earth to the bees and the sheep. The brightly coloured and highly detailed illustrations more than compensate for the simplistic prose, although children will love the repetition. Additionally, the message still comes across clearly and beautifully, and will hopefully lead younger readers to appreciate the world around them and all that it has to offer.

Images courtesy of Walker Books, who have published Thank You, Bees by Toni Yuly.

Thank You, Bees is out now on Walker Books