In the Trees, Honeybees!

In the Trees, Honeybees!

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by Lori Mortensen

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This inside-the-hive view of a wild colony of honeybees offers close-up views of the queen, the cells, even bee eggs. The reader is left with admiration for the remarkable lives of honeybees, whether in the hive or in the field.


This inside-the-hive view of a wild colony of honeybees offers close-up views of the queen, the cells, even bee eggs. The reader is left with admiration for the remarkable lives of honeybees, whether in the hive or in the field.

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School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3–Short, simple rhyming words and phrases, printed in large type on realistic illustrations, describe the amazing life cycle of the honeybee. The vibrantly colored scenes center on a beehive hidden in a tree trunk and the grass and gardens surrounding it. Brief paragraphs in a smaller font provide more information about the insect’s depicted activities. Arbo’s incredibly detailed, lifelike close-ups of female worker bees performing the “jobs” through which they rotate during their short lives greatly enhance the text. Two pages of information about honeybees are appended. Deborah Heiligman’s Honeybees (National Geographic, 2002), illustrated with simple folk-style gouache paintings, also stresses the many jobs of worker bees. In The Life and Times of the Honeybee (Houghton, 1995), Charles Micucci offers pages filled with tables, charts, and diagrams that overflow with interesting tidbits for readers seeking greater detail. A wonderful choice for sharing aloud, Mortensen’s finely crafted book makes a solid addition.–Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
Kirkus Reviews
Simple rhymes and striking full-bleed illustrations introduce the daily lives of honeybees to very young readers and listeners. Arbo's detailed paintings show vistas of a bucolic farm visited by oversized honeybees, glorious flowers and close-ups of a hive inside a tree. Rhyming couplets of three-syllable lines are accompanied by a line or two of more detailed prose on most double-page spreads. Two pages of back matter add more information about honeybees, although there is nothing about the colony collapse and near disappearance of feral colonies. Readers and listeners may be left wondering just how the nectar and pollen bees collect becomes honey. The main text seems to give the impression that the two work together in cells. Although the backmatter explains that they are stored in separate cells it does not explain the use of either material or the modifications necessary in the process by which nectar becomes honey. Show this entry in the Sharing Nature with Children series to young budding naturalists but be prepared for their questions. (Informational picture book. 4-7)

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4 - 10 Years

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In the Trees, Honey Bees 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
In the Trees, Honeybees is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards® honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
storiesforchildren More than 1 year ago
Have you ever heard someone's being described as "busy as a bee"? Well, exactly what do bees do to stay so busy? Entomologists tell us that there are three kinds of honey bees in a hive--workers, drones, and the queen. All the workers are female, all the drones are male, and the queen lays all the eggs. Worker bees begin as eggs and then larvae who are fed by nurse bees. During their lives, the 15,000 to 30,000 worker bees in a hive have several different jobs. First, they collect nectar from older workers returning from the field. Then they begin producing wax to build honeycomb cells. Their next task is to guard the colony. Finally, they begin the work of flying to collect nectar and pollen. In the Trees, Honey Bees is another "Sharing Nature With Children Book" from Dawn Publications in which author Lori Mortensen does a wonderful job of explaining all these facts about honey bees on a level that young children can easily understand by juxtaposing poetic text that kids will enjoy reading with sidebar-type factoids that give further information, along with a couple of pages at the back of the book with "The Buzz About Honeybees." Did you know that there are over 25,000 species of bees but only nine species can make honey? The life-like illustrations by Chris Arbo will give the reader a close-up view of what goes on in a beehive. In the 1920s the phrase "the bee's knees" was commonly used to mean "Excellent or the highest quality." This book is "the bee's knees"!
MerylAnnB More than 1 year ago
This little book is a gem - the colors are so vibrant, and I just love the artwork. I showed it to an artist friend and his jaw dropped when he saw the honeycomb in perspective, saying "now there's an artist who knows how to draw - that's no computer generated image!" Don't tell any librarians, but I want to take out the pages and FRAME them! A great book to read to little ones, and I learned a lot, too - I really appreciate it when a children's book also has appeal for the adult who is reading it aloud, over, and over, and over, again! This one's a classic!