The Bee's Knees by Steve Coleman and Phoebe Wright
“The Bees Knees” is the first in a collection of works for children from zero to five years and for older hands who continue to nurture and enjoy the child within. It has been designed with the needs of the growing child, the family, the dedicated teacher and carer in mind, with written language carefully tailored to engage both listener and reader in a fun way of learning.“The Bee’s Knees” is a metaphor. It stands for ‘the height of excellence’ and it’s one of those catchy sayings that have endured internationally over the years and it’s been around for a long time….since the nineteen twenties when it was popular along with other sayings such as “The Cat’s Whisker”. Metaphors, being an integral part of everyday language, especially in Australia, are learned mostly through listening and repeating, and teaching them to young children can be heaps of fun. “The Bees Knees” does just that through simple rhyme and bright, basic colours.
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