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The Bumblebee Queen Hardcover – February 1, 2005


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From School Library Journal

Grade 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
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Gr. 1-3. In the spring, a queen bee digs her way out of the ground and flies off to drink nectar and search for a home for her colony. She settles into an old mouse nest, makes a waxy cup for storing nectar, lays eggs, tends them, and hatches them. After going through the larval stage, the new bees become workers, drones, and queens. In the fall, the new queens mate with drones before burrowing underground for the winter. A dual text conveys the main facts in large-type words, carefully chosen for sound as well as meaning. In a smaller font, another paragraph on each page or double-page spread offers related information in greater detail. Precise ink drawings with watercolor washes illustrate the text with clarity, simplicity, and skill. An appended spread includes a circular illustration of the bee's life cycle as well as more facts about U.S. bees and pollination, suggested activities, tips on observing bees, and short lists of recommended books and Web sites. Informative and attractive. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570913625
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570913624
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,054,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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April Pulley Sayre loves the sounds of animals and the sounds of words. She is an award-winning author of over 55 natural history books for children and adults. Her read-aloud books, known for their lyricism and scientific precision, have been translated into French, Dutch, Japanese, and Korean. Her picture book VULTURE VIEW, illustrated by Steve Jenkins, received the Theodor "Seuss" Geisel Honor from the American Library Association. STARS BENEATH YOUR BED: the Surprising Story of Dust, received the AAAS/SB&F/Subaru Prize for Excellence in Science Books and was named an ALA Notable. ONE IS SNAIL, TEN IS A CRAB was an ALA Notable and received Britain's highest literacy award. THE BUMBLEBEE QUEEN marked her third win of the John Burroughs Award. Sayre and her husband Jeff have followed lemurs in Madagascar, pursued army ants in Panama, and eaten piranha in the Peruvian Amazon. Mostly, though, they garden for wildlife and munch blueberries at their home in the Midwest.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cady Hayden on September 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Simple but concise drawings and watercolor illustrations of a queen bee and her stages of life, duties, activities and choices. The illustrator is a well-known scientific artist and the quality of her work speaks for itself in this story. No wonder this book received the TCA, Teacher's Choice Award. Each page is a story with descriptive qualities and then there is a little bee that circles a dialogue bubble with factual information different but adding to the story to enhance clarity and answer questions the child might be asking hiim/herself. I learned so much from reading this book and was amazed at how much I retained because of the manner in which it was written, simple and direct. I might have rated this book a 5, but I felt as if someone ripped the last conclusionary page of the book out. It really needed one or two more sentences. I did enjoy the extra pages in the back of the book filled with bee websites, bee activities, good bee-havior and a list of other bee books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
How pleasant to find a children's book about an insect without anthropomorphic illustrations. Patricia Wynne's illustrations are bright, sunny, and accurate, allowing young readers to have a close up view of bumblebees as they really look. Done in watercolor and ink, her drawings of the differences between queens, drones, and workers are especially fetching.

Author Sayre's text is spare with informational asides, such as the number of species of bumblebees, their stinging habits, how nectar becomes honey, etc. The author has chosen to relate the life span of one queen bee, tracing the bee from early spring when she is underground to emerging and building her colony, and finally the birth of new queens and drones.

Youngsters may well be surprised at what one small bee can accomplish, and develop a healthy admiration for nature's creatures.

- Gail Cooke
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My daughter, who is 4, loves bumble bees. She was attracted to the cover of this book so we first took it out of our library to see. It is written both as a basic story, and then with some more scientific facts as well. When you read it aloud you can choose to read the scientific tidbits along with the bumble bee, life-cycle story, or you can skip them until next time. We both enjoyed learning about the Queen Bee and her life, especially what happens in wintertime. The pictures are detailed and beautiful. You actually get to see the bumble's long, sticky tongue. A great book for kids interested in bees and nature and their parents too!
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By Becca Earl on April 21, 2013
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I got to meet April Pulley Sayre and here this book read in person! I would definitely suggest looking at more of her work if you are considering any type of author study!
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