Denise Brennan-Nelson

Buzzy the bumblebee

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  • Author Denise Brennan-Nelson
  • Illustrator: Michael G. Monroe
  • Published by Sleeping Bear Press

Sitting in a beautiful garden, high atop a flower, the impressionable Buzzy reads in the book, Learn to Fly, the very true fact that, “bumblebees weren’t made to fly.” He reads again, “bumblebees weren’t made to fly.” 

Stranded on top of a flower/ Buzzy longed to fly away.
His heart still knew how/ But his head had forgotten the way.

The adventure that ensues challenges Buzzy to overcome obstacles without his wings that he had never before thought possible. He travels over the stream and through the high grass, back home where his parents with love and support tell him, 

“You’re doubting yourself./ Fear is in the way.
Listen to your heart Buzzy/ Not what others say.
Ignore labels and limits Buzzy./ They seldom do good.
You start to think, ‘I Can’t,’/ when you should be thinking, ‘I Could.'”

Its vibrant illustrations and clear, thoughtful message make Buzzy the bumblebee a motivating and heartwarming story for all ages. 

He stopped doubting himself/ And didn’t need to know, “Why.”
He believed once again/ And was able to FLY.


“When young Buzzy the bumblebee discovers that bumblebees aren’t supposed to be able to fly, he suddenly loses his self-confidence and finds himself a long way from home with no way to return except on foot. But finding his way on the ground is quite a different matter than in the air. With one obstacle after another hindering Buzzy’s progress, this little bumblebee discovers courage he didn’t know he had and finally makes his way safely home. Best of all, that new-found confidence and a little encouragement from his parents help Buzzy to believe in himself again and take flight once more.”
Kendal Rautzhan, Syndicated Columnist 


  • 2000 Friends of America’s Writers Award
  • 1999 Winner of the Best Juvenile Literature from Friends of American Writers award, based out of Chicago, IL.

Teacher’s Guide:

  • Published/Released: October 1999
  • Page count: 32 pp.
  • Shipping Weight: 0.80 lbs (0.36 kgs)

Price: US $15.00

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