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The Life and Times of the Honeybee

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Why do beekeepers use smoke machines when collecting honey? Can a bee really sting only once? Why do bees "dance"? In concise, detailed text and abundant illustrations that range from the humorous to the scientific, Charles Micucci offers a wide-ranging and spirited introduction to the life cycle, social organization, and history of one of the world's most useful insects. He includes information on how bees make honey, what a beekeeper does, and products that contain beeswax—everything from lipstick to waxes for ...

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Overview

Why do beekeepers use smoke machines when collecting honey? Can a bee really sting only once? Why do bees "dance"? In concise, detailed text and abundant illustrations that range from the humorous to the scientific, Charles Micucci offers a wide-ranging and spirited introduction to the life cycle, social organization, and history of one of the world's most useful insects. He includes information on how bees make honey, what a beekeeper does, and products that contain beeswax—everything from lipstick to waxes for buffing surfboards. Micucci's rare gift for making science enjoyable and accessible is again revealed in this remarkably witty, rich salute to the honeybee.

Depicts the life cycle and habits of the honeybee, describing in detail the organization of the hive and the making of honey.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Information about honeybees has never been more interesting . . .Right on target for young readers." School Library Journal, Starred

"A solid, fascinating treasure trove of bee stuff, as enriching to the mind as it is pleasing to the eye. Micucci's book is a wonderful example of how good children's nonfiction can really be." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

Children's Literature - Dia L. Michels
Did you know that bees evolved in the age of dinosaurs? That a queen lives for four years during which she lays 1500 eggs a day? That bees can fly backwards and sideways? That bees perform dances showing other bees the way to pollen-rich flowers? In The Life and Times of the Honeybee, we learn all this and more. We also learn that though a wide range of products come from bees (honey, crayons from beeswax , furniture varnish from bee glue), the great value of bees is not in the products they provide us but in the services they perform-pollinating more crops than any other insect. Organized into 14 different subject areas, this book is buzzing with facts and tidbits on these 1/2-inch flying insects that populate our planet.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
In this book, Mr. Micucci provides youngsters as entertaining and eye-opening a perspective of the making of honey as he does the growing of apples in The Life and Times of the Apple. Mr. Micucci artfully interweaves illustration and text to explain, among other facts, the bee's life cycle, physiology, communication, and honey making as well as a beekeeper's equipment.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395861394
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 194,821
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: IG910L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.06 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Micucci's other books with Houghton Mifflin include The Life and Times of the Honeybee and The Life and Times of the Peanut. He lives in New York City.

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