In The Trees, Honeybees!

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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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Overview

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: 3/1/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 317,858
  • Age range: 4 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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  • Posted June 8, 2009

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    the bee's knees

    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"!

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  • Posted April 2, 2009

    BEE-YOU-TIFUL!

    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!

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