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written by Josh Brandstadter
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A hungry bear named Fuzzy and a hardworking bee named Buzzy form an unlikely bond to right a wrong! Working together, the new friends learn that everyone, no matter how big or small, can make a difference in their local ecosystem. This is the first of Fuzzy and Buzzy’s adventures aimed at teaching children and their parents about the responsibility we all share to protect the world we live in.

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Meet the Author

Josh Brandstadter lives in Dover, Pennsylvania with his wife, Jamie; his children, Emery and Ayla; and his dog, Tom Petty. He is a science teacher at Dover Area High School and has always had a passion for nature. When he isn’t in the classroom, you’ll find him spending time with his family in the great outdoors.

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Formats:  Hardcover, Paperback, E-book

Pages:  32

ISBN HC: 978-1-951565-44-2

ISBN PB: 978-1-951565-45-9

Release Date: 4/22/2021

Meet the Illustrator

Soraya Bartolomé was born in Córdoba in the South of Spain in 1982. She grew up in a family of artists, so she learned different painting techniques very soon in her mother’s painting studio. In 1990, she began studying piano at the Music Conservatory of Córdoba, which would take ten years. When she finished her music studies and her studies at the Art Institute in Córdoba, she started to study a degree in musical education in the University Complutense of Madrid, and then pursued a musicology degree in the University Autónoma of Madrid. Since 2010, Soraya has been working in the field of adult education, which she combines with her musicology projects. Her interest in children’s illustration has been cultivated from her infancy until today, and for this reason, in December of 2016, she decided to dedicate her time and her enthusiasm to becoming a professional children’s illustrator. During this time she has worked as an illustrator on projects in the US and UK. Her illustrations are adorable, colorful, and tender, with a strong personality that is part of the sweet world of colors in Soraya’s drawings.


“Kids will love learning about pollination along with a hungry bear who is befriended by a busy—and forgiving—bee. The Adventures of Fuzzy and Buzzy will entertain kids while also helping them get over their fear of bees. At a time when it’s more important than ever for children to develop an appreciation for the interconnections within the natural world, this is a wonderful addition to a child’s bookshelf.” —Lilace Mellin Guignard, author of When Everything Beyond the Walls Is Wild: Being a Woman Outdoors in America 

“A charming and timely tale that will help kids understand and appreciate how creatures depend upon one another.” —Sean B. Carroll, biologist and author of The Serengeti Rules

“What a great book by one of my most enthusiastic students ever. It teaches kids (and their parents) about a really serious and important topic but does it in such a fun and creative way.”  —Steven Stein, ecology professor at Mansfield University of PA

“A sweet and caring friendship that will touch the hearts of young children. Timely and sure to spark interest in the delicate balance found in nature.” —Mary Ann Yannetti, retired elementary educator

“This book, The Adventures of Fuzzy and Buzzy, is amazing. Being a retired elementary teacher, I love the book, the illustrations, and all the lessons throughout the book. I know the children will love it also. The story line is just what is being discussed by communities today: save the bees, which children are afraid of. This will give them a new understanding of bees and why we need them. Also, how friendships develop plus many more lessons. I would recommend this book to all the children and teachers, especially science teachers, at the elementary level.” —Carol McCaskey, retired teacher

“I’m a teacher, and I like books that teach kids something. Josh Brandstadter’s The Adventures of Fuzzy and Buzzy does that. Readers learn about biology, the importance of bees, the effects of our behaviors, and how we can help. Plus, the story is fun and will get kids thinking early about natural processes and friends that are different—always a good thing. Read it!” —Jimmy Guignard, professor of English and author of Pedaling the Sacrifice Zone: Teaching, Writing, and Living Above the Marcellus Shale

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