In The Trees, Honeybees!

In The Trees, Honeybees!

by Lori Mortenson
     
 

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. See more details below

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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.

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
In short, crisp rhymes and big, bright pictures, author and illustrator collaborate to bring young readers the story of wild honeybees and how they work. Starting with a rhyme ("Nectar sweet. / Pollen treat."), each page or spread illustrates a phase of bee industry and ends with a bit of pertinent information at the bottom. All the paintings are striking (though greens and yellows are over-saturated), but kids will likely be most fascinated by the close-up views of bees inside their hollow tree hive. (Arbo says she used as model a wild hive in her own backyard.) It is hard to choose a favorite, but most unusual are the pictures of bees mobilizing to ward off a bear attack and another of bees clustering to keep warm at night while lightning flashes outside their tree. Some illustrations emphasize the relationship of bees to other animals like birds, bears, butterflies, and of course humans who share a garden with them and beekeepers who harvest honey and benefit from pollination. A final picture brings bees and readers back to a new morning and a flowering acacia tree ("Morning light. / Warm and bright. / In the trees, / Honey bees!"). Included are a spread with more detailed information for bee lovers and a select list of appropriate books and websites. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584691150
Publisher:
Dawn Publications
Publication date:
03/01/2009
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
379,209
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
AD650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 10 Years

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