Buzzy Bee’s Birthday Party & Buzzy Bee’s Food Shapes, by Joy Cowley with illustrations by Richard Hoit

Joy Cowley, one of New Zealand’s most loved and best known authors is also extremely prolific. With over 600 books to her name and a host of national and international accolades, she’s been at it again. Bringing us two more graded readers for pre-schoolers Buzzy Bee’s Food Shapes and Buzzy Bee’s Birthday Party.

These brightly coloured and sturdy board-books are illustrated by Cowley’s collaborator, Richard Hoit. Featuring the iconic (and now a TV star) Buzzy Bee along with a cute host of friends, both are excellent, focused learning materials. Buzzy Bee’s Birthday Party focuses on counting and Buzzy Bee’s Food Shapes (as the name suggests) focuses on distinguishing shapes.

Buzzy-Bees-Food-ShapeWhile they’re not going to set the world on fire with their originality, they are however, like the rest of the Buzzy Bee series, an excellent learning addition to any classroom or preschool.

With a winning combo of Hoit’s bright, captivating illustrations, and Cowley’s carefully graded text, they’re sure to appeal to young learners.

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TITLE: Buzzy Bee’s Food Shapes and Buzzy Bee’s Birthday Party
AUTHOR(S): Joy Cowley
PUBLISHER: Upstart Press
RRP: $13.99 each
ISBN: 9781927262313

Heidi North-Bailey Formerly working in publishing in London, Heidi is now a freelance editor and writer based in Auckland. A graduate of the Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University and The Creative Hub, Heidi also has a first class Honours Degree in Screenwriting and Directing from The University of Auckland, Heidi is passionate about good storytelling across genres and loves reading, especially literary and children’s fiction. When not being kept busy as a new mum, Heidi tinkers with poetry and is chipping away at a novel.

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