Saturday, May 9, 2009

Honey Bees Ages 4-12

While visiting The Storyteller's Bookstore I found these!

How do bees make honey? Why are they so sweet on their queen? What hours do they work in their honey factories called hives? For all the buzz about honeybees, this Jump into Science title really is the bees' knees!
By Deborah Heiligman, Carla Golembe
Illustrated by Carla Golembe
Edition: illustrated, reprint
Published by National Geographic Society, 2007
ISBN 142630157X, 9781426301575
31 pages Ages 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.7 x 0.1 inches

The Life and Times of the Honeybee PREVIEW
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
By Charles Micucci
Edition: illustrated
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1997
ISBN 039586139X, 9780395861394
32 pages

The author of The Life and Times of the ...
... Apple (Orchard, 1992) uses the same breezy, colorful format to introduce the honeybee, its history, anatomy, odd facts, and daily life. He describes the bee from egg to adult in brief text and soft-colored pictures. Each spread offers a dozen or more drawings and tidbits, e.g., bee communication through dancing, beekeeping, wax and honey products, bees through history, and around the world. This is a charming browsing title, but the text lacks precision and the author gives no sources. Micucci notes, ""8000 B.C. After the Ice Age, people hunted bees with torches."" Maybe, but how do we know? He states that the round dance is used when the flowers are ""less than 100 yards away."" Encyclopedia Americana (1994, Volume 3) says that when the nectar source is closer than about ten yards, the circular dance is used. For nectar from 10 to 100 yards away, the dance becomes sickle-shaped and eventually the figure eight. Honeybees are fascinating and have been extensively researched; most enthusiasts will want more information than this title provides.
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4 Ages 8, 9 , 10. Information about honeybees has never been more interesting. As in Micucci's The Life and Times of the Apple (Orchard, 1992), text and illustrations perfectly complement one another in a concise presentation of facts about the insects both within and outside the hive. Their physical characteristics, division of labor, and role in pollination are fully described. Additional fascinating facts about a bee's year-round activities, the job of the beekeeper, the many products that contain beeswax and other natural products from the hive, and ways honey has been used throughout history are included. Excellent organization with attention to clear labeling of diagrams and correct juxtaposition of text and illustrations combine with a direct writing style that makes the material easy to understand. Even the "tail-wagging dance" that directs bees to flower locations is simple to follow. The author's naturalistic watercolors are beautifully rendered in soft hues that reflect the true colorations, and a whimsical little bee in glasses appears periodically to lend a touch of humor. There is no index, but a table of contents leads to specific topics. A book that is right on target for young readers, and one that would be a fine companion to photographed titles such as Barrie Watts's Honeybee (Silver Burdett, 1990). Diane Nunn, Richard E. Byrd Elementary School, Glen Rock, NJ
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Booklist
Gr. 3-5, Ages 9, 10 , 11, younger 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. Stephanie Zvirin --

Honey Bees and Honey PREVIEW
Young readers love the rich photographs in these books as they explore the world of honey bees. The book "Honey Bees identifies the body parts of these insects. The other three books focus on pollination, the hive community, and the production of honey. Labeled photographs support readers' understanding of content-area vocabulary. This series explores and supports the standard "The Living Environment: Interdependence of Life," as required by Benchmarks for Science Literacy: Project 2061.
By Lola M. Schaefer, Gail Saunders-Smith
Edition: illustrated
Published by Coughlan Publishing, 1999
ISBN 0736802339, 9780736802338
24 pages
Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 6.3 x 0.3 inches
Key Terms

From "Baby Bumblebee" to "The Ants Go Marching," children learn about the insects they encounter in their own backyard with these songs. The book features more than 250 activities that teach children about colors, counting, growing things, friendship, and bugs. 40 illustrations.
Bugs, bugs, bugs!: 21 songs and over 250 activities for young children
By Pamela Byrne Schiller, Clarissa Willis
Illustrated by Deborah Johnson
Edition: illustrated
Published by Gryphon House, Inc., 2006
ISBN 0876590202, 9780876590201
128 pages
About the Author
Pam Schiller, Ph.D., is an early childhood author, consultant, and highly sought after speaker. She has written numerous articles for early childhood journals, including Child Care Information Exchange and Texas Child Care Quarterly. Pam is the author of five early childhood curriculums, eleven children's books and more than 30 teacher and parent resource books.

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