Ever since we had an abundance of bees in our shrubs and around Isabelle’s playhouse, she hasn’t been too keen on anything that’s small, buzzes, and has wings. In fact, everything that flies gets labeled as a “bee!” At first I thought this problem was just related to bees, but when we took her to the butterfly room at the Phipps Conservatory this past weekend, we realized she was generalizing that anything small with wings was a bee.
Isabelle became agitated as the butterflies flitted around her at the Phipps. Marc held her hand and talked about how gentle butterflies were, but she didn’t seem convinced. Therefore, I handed off the camera to him, picked her up, and tried to show her how delicate and harmless the beautiful butterflies were. Again, she wasn’t convinced. While she didn’t scream and cry, she did not have a good time visiting with the butterflies. This is a shame since she used to love the Butterfly House at the Hershey Gardens.
Initially I thought of taking her to the Butterfly House, but I came to realize that may only upset her (and I don’t want her to dislike going to the Gardens). Therefore, I’m on the prowl for books about bees and butterflies to teach her more about these creatures. I’m thinking I can get her more familiar with them through books. However, an Amazon search yielded a mind-boggling amount of results. Therefore, I’m hoping someone out there in the Kidlitosphere can recommend some good bee and butterfly books for a two year-old. Please leave a comment if you have a suggestion. THANKS!
7 thoughts on “Bees and Butterflies”
Waiting for Wings. Lois Ehlert 🙂
Thank you, Patti. I’ll look it up tonight.
You could try this book of bee poems http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13159178-unbeelievables
This Nic Bishop book has great photographs
Also, The Bee Tree (fiction, picture book) by Patricia Polacco although might be long for a 2 yr old.
Will keep thinking about it and let you know. Good luck!
Thanks for the links. I’ll look into them later.
I have the Bee Tree. Will dig that out of my old school bookshelf and get ready to share it with my daughter.