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Honey in a Hive (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) Paperback – May 3, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 880L (What's this?)
  • Series: Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (May 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064452042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064452045
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3–An appealing blend of smoothly written text and meticulous color illustrations. Short blocks of large, easy-to-read print, most of which are set on the backgrounds of picture spreads, briefly describe the functions of the queen, drones, and workers; some major physical and behavioral characteristics; the bee communication dance; swarming; and the honey-making process. The realistic, finely detailed paintings match the serene tone of the text. Several spreads offer full-color views of bees foraging for food in idyllic meadows, while others are close-ups of workers busy inside golden-hued hives. The book concludes with miscellaneous facts about the insects and honey. The text omits some important information. For instance, metamorphosis is not described, although several pictures include cross-sections of developing larvae and pupae within their wax cells, and a queen is shown laying an egg. There is little discussion of physical characteristics; however, the illustrations extend the text in this regard as well. Joyce Milton's Honeybees (Grosset & Dunlap, 2003) describes the stages of metamorphosis and discusses physical characteristics in more detail, but its serviceable illustrations lack the visual detail and technical skill of Schindler's work. Despite the omissions, Rockwell's book will be a useful addition to the subject area and a great read-aloud.–Karey Wehner, formerly at San Francisco Public Library
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Gr. 1-3. In this offering in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series, Rockwell discusses the behavior and life cycle of honeybees, with an emphasis on honey production. She explains how workers and their queen live together in a hive, where the queen lays eggs and the workers make honey. She then describes the various roles of worker bees, how honey is made, and the process by which the queen forms a new community. Schindler's realistic artwork is both colorful and nicely matched to the text; however, without captions or labels it is sometimes difficult to discern the queen from her workers. Appended with additional facts, this attractive introduction to honey production will serve students well. Pair it with Deborah Heiligman's Honeybees (2002), which has more information about the bees themselves. Kay Weisman
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Winner on November 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
not only did my 4yo daughter learn a ton from and love reading this book, but i did too! very clear, detailed, and interesting. we love this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cherry Blattert on September 9, 2013
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My children all really liked reading this book when we used it in a unit study recently. All ages enjoyed it, from the 18-month old up to the 9-year old. They begged me to read more, but I succeeded in splitting it up for different lessons. The children learned many facts about the bees and we even used the pictures to imitate in our art projects.

Now, let me say, it does contain a bit more about the birds and "the bees," ahem, then I was willing to read to my little ones, so I omitted some of the information about the drones mating with the queen. Many children's non-fiction books are good about not going into detail about it and I thought this one was too detailed.

All in all, it was fascinating reading and really complemented our unit study.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Patterson on July 3, 2010
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I am always on the look-out for non-fiction books that are written at a level that my second graders can understand. This was perfect. It has wonderful illustrations of the hive and has good information written at an appropriate level. My students will enjoy it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Potatochips101 on July 8, 2010
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I and my children learned some things about how a bee hive works so, I'd say that this book was worth reading.

Be aware that there is mention of the queen bee and the drone mating. If you're not ready enter the topic of reproduction with your child you should know that a sentence or two about this is in this book.
Nothing too explicit is mentioned in reference to mating but, I'd suggest that you look through the text before reading it aloud to make a decision. It's easy enough to creatively pass over this section until a more appropriate time for you and your child if necessary or it can be just the entry point to open up discussions on reproduction that you might have been or (will soon) be looking for.
To me, the colors used in the book are not all that spectacular- lots of browns and yellows but, the drawings were well done. It's a nice enough book to own.
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By Barna Kakonyi on May 16, 2014
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Awesome book for kids to learn about the honeybee colony's life cycle and simple biology.Highly recommend it to parents.
Nice illustrations.
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