The Hive Detectives (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)by Loree Griffin Burns
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Traces the recent deaths and disappearances of numerous North American honeybees due to Colony Collapse Disorder, profiling bee wranglers and scientists who are studying the phenomenon while speculating on how it may adversely affect the rest of the world.
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- THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
- Product dimensions:
- 11.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 10 - 13 Years
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The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe is an informative nonfiction book that focuses on the honey bee. The plot focuses on a true event in 2006 when a honey bee farmer in the U.S. finds that his honey bees have died. We're not talking about a few hundred bees or even a few thousand...we're talking about twenty million honey bees. This was huge loss and word of mouth discovered other farmers all over the world had experienced similar losses. This information made its way to the United States Congress which thankfully warranted enough concern to take action. The term colony collapse disorder (CCD) was coined and a group of scientists were recruited to determine what was killing honey bees. The Hive Detectives discusses the science behind the honey bee as an animal, the dynamics within a honey bee hive, the purpose the honey bee serves in earth's ecosystem, how the honey bee's work impacts humans, and the theories/research/testing that were conducted by scientists during the CCD investigation. It also offers beautiful visuals on every page, a helpful glossary, and a list of other materials to study. Although this book is targeted to middle-grade youth, I as an adult learned quite a bit. What hit me the hardest was a renewed realization that sustainability in agricultural farming NEEDS to be common practice ASAP. If not, we will be exterminating not only the targeted species of pests that are harmful to farming but also the irreplaceable species that make farming possible. In other words, we will no longer be able to grow fresh plant-based foods which will have a domino effect that could very well exterminate human life. No, this book does not lay out the horror I just summed up - that was just what I took away from my reading experience. Unfortunately, The Hive Detectives does not offer a single conclusion, but it details a combination of factors that may be in play. If nothing else, it will get children and adults eager enough for a conclusion to go research this topic on their own. This is an example of when knowledge is power. Change needs to happen and the more people that know about it the better. My favorite quote: "Our world is a dangerous place for them [honey bees], and it will take a Herculean effort on the part of all humans - people who keep bees, people who study bees, and even people who read about bees - to see them through."