It's a simple story, illustrated by Eric Carle, whose tissue paper collage illustrations have enchanted children & adults for decades.
Years ago, I wrote a play based on this book for my kindergarten class. Recently, a colleague asked if she could use my play, which included what I call ditties - playful rewrites of song segments as well as Carle inspired costumes. I said yes.
But then, we couldn't locate a copy of the book to read to the kids - not at the school nor the library, and when we looked online, used copies were exorbitantly priced. Surely there was a read-aloud on Youtube for the kids to watch!
So I made my own read-aloud video of the book... then for fun, added an art activity inspired by two of the moving pages.
Did I mention I love making pop-ups? This is a 'moving picture book'. Pull the tag and a bee zips across the page. Open a cell in the hive and a baby bee pops out!
My take on these two pages is below. My bee zips across the page just like Carle's does! Plus I teach you how to make a cell that opens and closes.
Want to learn how? Or better yet, got a kiddo who might enjoy a read-aloud about a hive of bees? Well, here you go! Enjoy!
Deep into my career as an elementary school teacher, I started asking myself if I was still an artist. Can you be an artist if you're not doing any art? Am I a writer if I'm not writing? For me, ARTIST is a verb. Writer too. Do what you love and JOY will come. Maybe money too, but I've discovered without joy, everything else is meaningless.