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Honeybees are amazing insects. They sip nectar from flowers and turn it into honey in their stomachs. Find out how bees live and work together. Learn about the life cycle of a bee as it grows from an egg to an adult. Discover how bees "talk" to one another. Make honeycomb prints and a model bee. Easy-to-read text, fun activities and surprising facts will keep you "buzzy" for hours! Did you know? A bee's buzz is the sound of its wings flapping? To make a small jar of honey, bees must visit 2 million flowers? There...
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Overview

Honeybees are amazing insects. They sip nectar from flowers and turn it into honey in their stomachs. Find out how bees live and work together. Learn about the life cycle of a bee as it grows from an egg to an adult. Discover how bees "talk" to one another. Make honeycomb prints and a model bee. Easy-to-read text, fun activities and surprising facts will keep you "buzzy" for hours! Did you know? A bee's buzz is the sound of its wings flapping? To make a small jar of honey, bees must visit 2 million flowers? There are more than 25 000 kinds of bees in the world?
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This oversized volume is brimming with facts and fascinating figures about bees. Bright colors and large easy-to-read text invite young readers to discover the world we share with these tiny, busy creatures that we depend on so much. Full-size color photographs show the bee in the hive and through each stage of development. Detailed color illustrations also provide a close-up view of body parts and the stinger. There is also a brief look at the pollination process. Readers will be amazed to learn that one bee produces only a small spoonful of honey in its lifetime. Several easy to follow activities provide hands-on learning experiences. A honeycomb print activity demonstrates the bees wise use of space in the hive when they work like architects to create their six sided cells. Styrofoam balls and some paint and pipe cleaners and readers can make their own model of a bee. An easy-to-make recipe for a honey milkshake is enticing. Bee words and pictures are provided in a glossary. An index is also included. An excellent resource for primary grades. 2004, Kids Can Press, Ages 4 to 7.
—Sue Reichard
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Gr 1-3-These simple introductions combine short blocks of large-print text with colorful photos. Each two-page section focuses on a different topic: the physical and behavioral characteristics of ants and honeybees, respectively, and the insects' ecological importance. Ants also mentions a few distinctive characteristics of several species; Bees briefly describes honey making. Each book contains four related craft projects and simple experiments with step-by-step directions. The abundant illustrations consist of photographs (close-ups of the insects in their natural setting or depictions of beaming children holding completed projects) and realistic drawings (simple anatomical diagrams and depictions of life cycles). Each book ends with a page with small photos of several different species. While these loosely organized titles are clearly written, they only skim over the basics. Bees is somewhat flawed by oversimplification. For instance, while explaining the symbiotic relationship between bees and flowers, the text refers to the organisms as "buddies," a word that condescends to children as well as being anthropomorphic. While they lack anatomical diagrams or craft projects, Arthur Dorros's Ant Cities (HarperCollins, 1987) and Joyce Milton's Honeybees (Grosset & Dunlap, 2003) offer more detailed descriptions of behavior, nest-building, life cycles, etc., than Hodge's titles. Still, teachers searching for easy science activities may find Ants useful.-Karey Wehner, formerly at San Francisco Public Library Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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New books in the Denver museum of Nature and Science series do a good job of combining age-appropriate projects to reinforce learning with just plain facts. ... A great way to bring a bit of the outdoors inside.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553370659
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Series: Denver Museum of Nature and Science Bks.
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Hodge is a former educational consultant and curriculum designer and the author of the Kids Can Press Wildlife series. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Julian Mulock is the illustrator of numerous books for young readers. He started life as a scientific illustrator at the Royal Ontario Museum and specializes in wild life themes. He lives and works in Toronto.

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Table of Contents

The Buzz on Bees 4
A Honeybee 6
Build a Bee 8
Home Sweet Hive 10
Busy Bees 12
Honeycomb Prints 14
Meet the Bees 16
Ready, Set, Grow! 18
Sweet Treat 20
Sip a Shake 22
Bee Buddies 24
Flower Power 26
Bees and Us 28
Other Bees 30
Bee Words 31
Index 32
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