Freddie the Fly: Bee On, Buzz Off
Freddie, our lovable fly, is tappin’ and flappin’ his way to trouble. He whirls around to and fro, buzzing from one distraction to another. Is it any wonder he forgets his lunch, fails his spelling test and leaves the house semi-undressed? Freddie is a go-go-go kind of guy who has no time to listen, focus or pay attention. His lack of concentration causes a real fright when he finds himself lost and alone at the zoo. Will that be the scare Freddie needs to finally take action and turn his BEE on and his BUZZ off? Readers will love finding the answers in this delightfully insightful tale by speech-language pathologist and educator Kimberly Delude. 32 pgs.
Published by Boys Town Press
If there was any character I could ever relate to, it’s Freddie! Having Parkinson’s means never sitting still and having the MOST difficult time concentrating. Poor Freddie can’t keep it together, either. Although flies may not be the most popular insect, this fly will find his way into your heart.
Kimberly Delude has done a terrific job addressing a problem that many elementary school parents see daily- forgetful kids who can’t stay focused. I love Gus, the zoo guide. His gentle guidance makes all the difference. It’s definitely a hat tip to patient parents! Freddie delivers on several fronts. His story promotes teamwork when he teams up with a fellow student to help each other. He demonstrates respect for authority by heeding the instruction & advice of those in charge. He shows responsibility for his actions by admitting his inattentive nature. Plus, he provides a solution in the end.
Adorable illustrations via Brian Martin add humor and depth to the characters. I am now a ‘fly fan’. There are two previous books in the series which I’d recommend also. ‘Freddie’ gets a 5 star review from me!
Freddie the Fly is an adorable character. He is struggling with focusing and staying on task. In the morning, while getting ready for school, he keeps forgetting things and needs several reminders from his Mum. At school, he misses important instructions and rules. He is so excited about the world, that he gets distracted and often lands himself in trouble. Freddie is given advice by a friendly zookeeper on how to channel his fidgeting. He tries to listen and remember more by visualizing things he hears. A simple technique that requires a lot of practice in order to master it. His Mum adds another tip of making lists and drawing pictures.
Many children will find Freddie easy to relate to and will, hopefully, want to try out Freddie’s mantra of ‘Bee on, buzz off’ to improve their ability to stay focused.
The pictures are very cute and are a definite strength of this book.
I can't wait to share this story with my students! Freddie shares challenges that all students new to school do - have self-control! Freddie is always on the move, he becomes so excited by things around him that he tends to act carelessly. This oftentimes gets him into trouble, and even lost! This book will be such a great starting point to having conversations surrounding how we control our bodies, and what could happen when we don't.
I loved Freddie the Fly. This is such a great way to teach kids how to control their need to move constantly. It gives practical steps and ideas to help the student learn control. It also takes place in a cute little story so it doesn’t feel like a teacher telling you what to do. I was very excited to discover that this is a series and I will be getting them for my library.