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City of Bees

City of Bees Kids , Laila Hodell  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: City of Bees Kids
  • Directors: Laila Hodell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Choices
  • DVD Release Date: August 21, 2007
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000V1Z0OO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,910 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Explore the secret, complex world of honeybees from a child's point of view. Six-year-old Oliver and his young friends join a beekeeper as he cares for his beehives over the course of a year. The children study everything from how a queen bee rules the hive, the various jobs each bee performs, how bees pollinate and how bees can fly at amazing speeds. With colorful imagery, learning activities, and remarkable up-close video, viewers of all ages will be enchanted and informed about the remarkable world that is the City of Bees.


Subtitled A Children's Guide to Bees, this delightful program takes a kid-friendly look at the amazing world of the honeybee. Narrated by a beekeeper and several young children (sometimes in a Q&A format), and punctuated by songs and rhymes, City of Bees is a sublime film, bringing a sense of wonder to the intricate details of the insects life and featuring in-flight shots simulating the bees journey as it makes its rounds from flower to flower. Kids and adults alike are sure to be charmed by City of Bees, which features DVD extras including a lesson plan and a photo gallery. Highly recommended. Editors Choice. --Video Librarian, Sept.Oct. 2006

Step into a hive and learn about the daily life of bees in this fascinating live-action film. Narrated by an adult male beekeeper, with occasional remarks by children, this is an up-close and personal look at bees. Viewers learn about the life cycle of the bee, the various jobs they do in the hive, and the differences between regular bees, drones, and queen bees. A year in the life of a hive is studied. The program presents information from a beekeeper's point of view rather than a child's, with occasional child-like aspects included, and this works out just fine. Vocabulary is often quite advanced. Intriguing facts about bees are coupled with amazing photography. A great way to supplement the science curriculum. Video Pick of The Week. --School Library Journal, August 2006

Highly Recommended. --EMRO Reviews - September 2006

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, educational, and child-oriented December 27, 2007
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This beautiful film explains the workings of a beehive throughout the year, and throughout the life cycle, in a way that children can understand. Not only that, but several (young) children narrate the film, ask questions, and are shown looking at commercial hives. This is one of the most beautifully filmed documentaries for children I have ever seen. Do not be put off by the bland cover! It is engaging and informative, while being slow-paced for children. As both charming and educational, I highly recommend this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Making Bees Elementary--A Teacher Review June 18, 2013
"The City of Bees: A Children's Guide to Bees" (rated for grades K-6), Frejas BÝrn Film and Sound, © 2007, 30 minutes; originally a Danish Production but in English.

This video uses a pleasant mix of child's voice alternative with a kind and simple explanation from a beekeeper. It begins by comparing the hive to houses; hence the title with "city." The life cycle of bees begins with flower dust (=pollen), the queen and her egg-laying, and the marking of queens to determine their age. While the statement that they "come out of hibernation" is technically incorrect, this is the only flaw and it is not important at this level. Throughout, the hive is referred to as a "city" which conjures up the purposeful decision-making of humans which of course is not the case with bees whose behavior is nearly all "hardwired."

The sequence of concepts are as follows: guard bees use smell recognition to permit entrance of bees to the hive, bees gather "flower dust" (later clarified as pollen), water is important to a hive, pollen is placed in pollen cells, pollen is stored on worker bee's hind legs, bees spend 3 days as eggs, honey bees are busy feeding the larvae, and royal jelly is one special food.

At this point it uses children's chatter and their running in the field to convey the speed that bees fly; this part may seem contrived to some students, but a teacher can decide on preview. Other reviewers have indicated that this segment is "odd" for adult viewers.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderfu information January 28, 2009
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This is alot of information for any age. My husband & I are beekeepers and find this a very well put together. I took it to my daughters school and all the kids loved it (from 3-8th grade).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful SHORT film April 14, 2010
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This film is so wonderful that I have to give it five stars. My son, who is fascinated with bees and beekeeping, was completely entranced by this film. It is an excellent introduction to bees for younger audiences.

However, I was a little disappointed that this film is only 30 minutes long. The price is WAY too steep for a 30 minute film!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honeybee DVD July 4, 2009
This dvd was produced in Denmark to teach children about honeybees. Adults will also love this dvd. The narative explains what a hive is, the life of honeybees, and how bees pollinate flowers and trees.
This dvd is not only education, but, it is fun to watch.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Video July 24, 2010
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We thought this video was great. The only problem I have with it is one weird part in the middle. There are two kids running through a feild and they say "I want to fly like a two three....I want to fly like a bee." But they say it like they are possessed. We sell honey at a locals farmers market and like to play this video so people can see in the hive. But once that weird part comes on we always turn the volume down.
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