Honeybees: Jump into Science

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Children follow the life of a busy worker bee as she moves from job to job in the hive, helping the community in various ways. As a nurse bee, the worker feeds the larvae, nourishing the young into adulthood. As a forager bee, she flies long distances in search of nectar, pollinating plants as she moves from flower to flower. And as a guard bee, the worker warns the hive of intruders and battles honey-stealing robber bees from other hives. The simple, informative text and vibrant gouache art highlight the many ...
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Overview

Children follow the life of a busy worker bee as she moves from job to job in the hive, helping the community in various ways. As a nurse bee, the worker feeds the larvae, nourishing the young into adulthood. As a forager bee, she flies long distances in search of nectar, pollinating plants as she moves from flower to flower. And as a guard bee, the worker warns the hive of intruders and battles honey-stealing robber bees from other hives. The simple, informative text and vibrant gouache art highlight the many activities of these busy insects and their amazing sense of community, while a special experiment encourages kids to dance like a honeybee to learn about bee communication.

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Children's Literature
Bees seem to be a popular subject and honeybees in particular. Heiligman does a fine job explaining that these little insects are not so much to be feared as admired for their industriousness. Most bees are too busy to pay attention to anything but their work. Readers will be fascinated learning about the bee's life cycle, from egg to larva to pupa and then a "grown-up bee!" From the moment she is born, the bee works to clean the hive, feed and check on the larvae, add and repair the honeycomb, tend to the queen and gather nectar. The ways that bees communicate through touch, smell and motion is fascinating, and it is amazing to realize how much work goes into producing 7 grams of honey. Bees also perform a vital service in pollinating plants. The experiment at the end of the book challenges kids to communicate as the bees do without the use of language. Two features not to be overlooked are the honeycombed endpapers and the warning about bees and other stinging insects. As one who has an allergy and caries an epipen—I was impressed with the care the publisher took to point out this potential problem to young readers. This books would work well with Busy Buzzy Bee written by Karen Wallace (DK, 1999) Honey, Honey, Honey written and illustrated by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace (Winslow Press, 2001) and If You Should Hear A Honey Guide by April Pulley Sayre (Houghton Mifflin, 2000). 2002, National Geographic, $16.95. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot AGES: 4 5 6 7 8
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K-Gr 3-Young readers will be awed by the amount of information packed into this brief book. The bold, gouache illustrations reinforce the hard work and myriad tasks described. From the opening pages, bees are shown on the move, gathering nectar, feeding larvae, maturing, cleaning and polishing cells, making wax, taking care of the queen, unloading nectar, and guarding the hives. Like the bees, readers jump from one concept to another and may become confused by the changing roles and stages, not realizing that a worker bee and a forager bee are the same. There is also some confusion between the diagrams and the text. The text refers to a bee's tongue whereas the diagram shows only a proboscis. Heiligman also states that bees use every part of their body to do their work but no mention is made of the role of the thorax, forelegs, or compound eye. Nonetheless, readers will learn how bees communicate, the role of royal jelly, and just how hardworking honeybees really are. An attractive addition.-Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792266785
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Series: Jump into Science Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.90 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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