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A Taste of Honey

A Taste of Honey

by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

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One day, Lily Bear asks her grandfather where the honey they are eating comes from. Poppy traces it back to Mike’s Market, then to the honey farm, the beekeeper, the honeycomb, and all the way back to . . . bees!


One day, Lily Bear asks her grandfather where the honey they are eating comes from. Poppy traces it back to Mike’s Market, then to the honey farm, the beekeeper, the honeycomb, and all the way back to . . . bees!

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lily the cub has a sticky question for her Poppy: "Where does honey come from?" Poppy tries to quell Lily's inquisitiveness with the most obvious reply, "Well, we just spooned it out of this jar." But by book's end, Lily's recurring refrains of "Before that?" have taken her and Poppy back through every step of honey production, all the way to the hive of apis mellifera (Latin for honeybee). Informative sidebars substantiate each of Poppy's concise responses; for instance, the spread that explains, "It was whirled around and around in a honey extractor," shows a diagram of an extractor with its parts clearly labeled. Wallace's (Apples, Apples, Apples) cut-paper illustrations also detail the netting of a beekeeper's hat, the pattern of the worker-bee dances that lead their fellow workers to a hive, and the bees themselves, their bold yellow and black stripes offset by gauzy wings. She thus conveys a wealth of information (even the Japanese, Swahili and Indonesian words for honey appear on a final spread). Though the design occasionally distracts from the information presented, Wallace strikes a balance between packing visual wallop and collecting fascinating factoids. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Cut paper illustrations featuring a rabbit family delightfully tell the audience about apples—how they are grown, are harvested, and enjoyed. Activities using and featuring apples will help extend the learning for young children. Great fun for home, school, or library story times. 2000, Winslow Press, $15.95. Ages 3 to 8. Reviewer: C. Henebry SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
Children's Literature
In typical kid fashion Lily asks her Dad where honey comes from. He matter-of-factly states "well, we just spooned it out of the jar." From here on, readers travel backwards to the bee and learn all about the way honey becomes available to spread on Lily's bread. Wallace provides a look at the linking of commercial infrastructure (end seller¾Mike's Market, the bee farm¾Amy's Apiary and the insect/bee that makes the delicious honey). Wonderful cut paper illustrations detail every step of this fascinating process. Wallace also adds a touch of humor with her labels "Amy's Apiary¾a honey of a farm." The book will lend it self to science and social studies curriculums. An added bonus is the Bee game and list of honey facts. Lots of good information and fun to boot. 2001, Winslow Press, $15.95. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-A delightful and informative picture book illustrated with colorful, 3-D quality paper cutouts. Young Lily Bear asks her father where honey comes from and he backtracks through all of the stages, back to the bee. Poppy explains it all to Lily as she asks question after question in typical preschool fashion. The text is brief yet full of interesting detail, using sidebars for additional facts. The clear, clean images further extend the descriptions. A honey game and a facts page round out the presentation. Whether readers learn to say "honey" in Swahili (asali) or Russian (myot), this is an irresistible addition to any bookshelf.-Janet M. Bair, Trumbull Library, CT Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
"Poppy, where does honey come from?" asks an inquisitive little bear in this charming picture book by the author/illustrator of Apples, Apples, Apples (2000). Grandpa explains it step-by-step, beginning with buying the jar of honey at the local market. Unlike other titles that begin with bees and flowers and work forward to the end product of honey on the table, Wallace uses a clever backward design, starting with a spoonful of honey, explaining how it got to market, came from a honey farm, was pulled from the comb with a honey extractor, and so on. At each step, the child bear asks, "But before that?," lending a read-aloud extra to the simple text. Appealing paper collages in bright primary colors help to illustrate the meaning of the information. Double-paged layouts are visually striking, and young children who aren't ready for words can read the images. A spread of bees filling the honeycombs is especially effective. The honey extractor is shown with labeled parts, and notes explain the specialized clothing of the beekeepers from helmet to the boot bands that keep bees out of pant legs. The author includes information on the bees' waggle dance, kinds of flowers that are used for honey, a honey board game, and interesting honey facts. The book ends as it began, with a question, as Lily asks: "Poppy, where does bread come from?" It is to be hoped that Wallace will tell young readers all about that in a new title equally as fine. (Nonfiction. 4-7)

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Amazon Childrens Publishing
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9.48(w) x 9.44(h) x 0.11(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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