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Clan Apis

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Active Synapse proudly presents the only official hardcover edition of the award-winning Clan Apis! The life cycle and natural environment of the honeybee becomes the story kernel for Dr. Jay Hosler, a professor of biology as well as a cartoonist and storyteller. Opening with a honeybee-centered creation myth, we work through the many real biological, sociological, and ecological changes affecting the life of Nyuki, a brand new honeybee. The interior pages are fully illustrated with clean lines in crisp black and...
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Overview

Active Synapse proudly presents the only official hardcover edition of the award-winning Clan Apis! The life cycle and natural environment of the honeybee becomes the story kernel for Dr. Jay Hosler, a professor of biology as well as a cartoonist and storyteller. Opening with a honeybee-centered creation myth, we work through the many real biological, sociological, and ecological changes affecting the life of Nyuki, a brand new honeybee. The interior pages are fully illustrated with clean lines in crisp black and white. The text itself is a combination of authoritative science wrapped in a witty dialogue replete with humor, pubescent angst, terrible puns, heart-warming charm, and so much more. Nyuki matures as her colony undertakes migration to a new hive, is beset upon by enemies, and hibernates through a winter that yields to a revitalizing spring. The bee characters are nicely individualized as are the friendly plants and other talking insects that figure into their lives. All in all, this is the sort of wholesome story that will appeal to everyone, readers and non-readers alike, while sneaking in a little science education as a bonus. Suitable for all ages and makes an excellent gift.
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From The Critics
Jay Hosler's Clan Apis is a rather brilliantly executed graphic novel format presentation of life in the beehive. Accurate, informative, totally engaging, the biology and life cycle of the bee is laid out with an anthropomorphic storytelling that is as fun as it is educational. Clan Apis is highly recommended reading for all ages, — especially for those who thought the life and world of the bee might just have some relevance for we mere humans living in our post-industrial, information age.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780967725505
  • Publisher: Active Synapse
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 152
  • Age range: 3 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Jay Hosler is an Associate Professor of Biology at Juniata College and an award-winning cartoonist who writes and draws comic books about biology and natural history. His work has been called "ingenious" (The London Times), "goofily inventive" (The New York Times), and "entertaining and slyly educational" (The Comics Journal). His works include Active Synapse classics such as Clan Apis, The Sandwalk Adventures, and Optical Allusions.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Transitions 9
Chapter 2 Swarm 31
Chapter 3 Hide and Seek 61
Chapter 4 Homefront 87
Chapter 5 The Plan 113
Bee Lines 147
Killer Bee 153
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