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No need for a microscope

Cover of Honeybee: The Busy Life of
A review of Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann

Author Candace Fleming and illustrator Eric Rohmann have wowed the children’s book world with a very engaging and detailed book about bees. Did you know bees are quite hairy?! The oil paintings of bees in this book are so close-up you’ll feel like you’re just as tiny, getting exclusive access of a nest from a bee's point-of-view.

The book follows the life cycle of a honeybee with anticipation that she will fly into the world and forage for sweet nectar. But that’s not the only thing honeybees do. They take on many roles in a matter of days before even leaving the nest. The book is written in a poetic way that includes some drama, a little bit of dancing and most importantly astonishing facts that will make a reader realize just how much we take these little creatures for granted. Information at the back of the book is about body parts of a worker honeybee, ways to help them thrive, and additional online and book resources. Definitely make a beeline for this bee-filled book.
Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera is the winner of the 2021 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal for the most distinguished informational book published in the U.S.


Jan 29, 2021