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Posted April 11, 2005
How pleasant to find a children's book about an insect without anthropomorphic illustrations. Patricia Wynne's illustrations are bright, sunny, and accurate, allowing young readers to have a close up view of bumblebees as they really look. Done in watercolor and ink, her drawings of the differences between queens, drones, and workers are especially fetching. Author Sayre's text is spare with informational asides, such as the number of species of bumblebees, their stinging habits, how nectar becomes honey, etc. The author has chosen to relate the life span of one queen bee, tracing the bee from early spring when she is underground to emerging and building her colony, and finally the birth of new queens and drones. Youngsters may well be surprised at what one small bee can accomplish, and develop a healthy admiration for nature's creatures. - Gail CookeWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.