Life and Times of the Honeybee

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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. "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, starred review

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

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Overview

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. "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, starred review

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

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.
Stephanie Zvirin
ger for reading aloud. Every bit as nicely designed and packed with information as "The Life and Times of the Apple" (1992), this book reminds us that original artwork can be more precise and just as spectacular as photographs in children's nonfiction: here, for example, there's a large, striking, double-page-spread illustration of a worker bee guaranteed to make kids gasp. Most of the drawings, however, are small, finely detailed, and many to a page. Along with reinforcing and expanding upon the text, they lighten the information load--a bespectacled cartoon bee adds a bit of comedy by flitting from page to page among his more realistically drawn relatives. Each nicely organized double-page spread deals with a different aspect of the honeybee variety we know best (Micucci is not concerned with African or Africanized bees). The information, which appears in concise, clearly written blocks of text, covers everything from distribution, reproduction, behavior, and honey manufacture to the honeybee's niche in history. 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.
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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395659687
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/1/1995
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.62 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.35 (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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