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The Bumblebee Queen
     

The Bumblebee Queen

by Patricia J. Wynne (Illustrator), April Pulley Sayre
 

Lyrical text just right for young nature lovers describes the life of a typical North American bumblebee queen. Follow the queen as she finds a nest, gathers nectar, lays eggs, and tends her colony through spring, summer, and fall. Scientifically accurate illustrations include captivating details of hive life.

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Lyrical text just right for young nature lovers describes the life of a typical North American bumblebee queen. Follow the queen as she finds a nest, gathers nectar, lays eggs, and tends her colony through spring, summer, and fall. Scientifically accurate illustrations include captivating details of hive life.

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School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Engaging watercolors keep time with a simple, easy-to-read text describing the life cycle of a bumblebee queen, from her awakening from winter hibernation to her death in late autumn. Sayre includes "fact circles" containing extra data on these creatures, a couple of closing paragraphs on bumblebee/honeybee pollinating skills, and respectful human behavior toward bees. Gentle, informative, and appealing, this title is an effective antidote to the edgy world of "killer" bees.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Sayre follows the life cycle of a bumblebee queen, as she emerges from her winter shelter, selects an abandoned mouse nest for a colony site, busily tends the first generation of eggs and larvae, then, at summer's end, dies with her workers and drones, while the next generation of queens digs in to wait for spring. Throughout, she inserts additional details in smaller-type rubrics and adds "More Buzz about Bees" and "Good Bee-Havior," at the end. Wynne draws the viewer in to her precisely detailed, close-up natural scenes by posing queen and offspring looking up from the page to make eye contact-but she follows the author in steering clear of anthropomorphic inventions. Capped by a multimedia resource list, this makes nourishing fare for young observers of nature. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570913631
Publisher:
Charlesbridge
Publication date:
07/28/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,311,780
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.14(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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April Pulley Sayre is the award-winning author of dozens of books, including MEET THE HOWLERS!; TURTLE, TURTLE, WATCH OUT!; and ONE IS A SNAIL, TEN IS A CRAB, an ALA Notable Book. She lives in South Bend, Indiana.

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