Are You a Bee? (Backyard Books Series)


From the perspective of a honeybee, the backyard is a busy place. A young bee faces many challenges as it takes its place in the hive and joins in the work of the bee community.

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From the perspective of a honeybee, the backyard is a busy place. A young bee faces many challenges as it takes its place in the hive and joins in the work of the bee community.

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Children's Literature
"Add this 32-page book to a science curriculum."

Children's Literature
Part of the "Backyard Book" series, this book allows readers to expand their understanding by following up the title question with facts about a bee. For instance, the reader is asked, "Are you a bee?" A follow-up states, "Perhaps you are a honeybee. If so...." The informative text that follows imparts facts on being a larva, eating, living in a cell with a wax ceiling, looking hairy and striped, and much more. Soft-toned illustrations throughout depict realistic bees and their habitat. One lovely lavender iris unfolds on a two-page spread to become the background for one bee sipping hidden nectar and another one gathering pollen. The pace of the text moves forward nicely so a reader gathers a comprehensive picture of bees. A fun twist happens at the end when the reader sees a trio of beekeepers and is told, "if your mother looks a little like this..." you are a human child! The last full-page illustration, aptly shown in honey-colored browns and golds, is one of a contented child who does not have to be as busy as a bee, but who can enjoy bread and honey thanks to bees. Two more pages offer extra facts about the busy creatures. Add this 32-page book to a science curriculum. 2004 (orig. 2001), Kingfisher/Houghton Mifflin, Ages 4 to 8.
—Nancy Garhan Attebury
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753458044
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 5/13/2004
  • Series: Backyard Books Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 247,367
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.67 (w) x 8.18 (h) x 0.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy Allen is an award-winning author whose novel Awaiting Developments was short-listed for the Whitbread Children's Novel Award. Judy Allen and illustrator Tudor Humphries created Kingfisher's award-winning Backyard Books series and many other successful books, including the Reading Rainbow selections Tiger and Seal.

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