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Kindergarten-Grade 3-Young readers will be awed by the amount of information packed into this brief book. The bold, gouache illustrations reinforce the hard work and myriad tasks described. From the opening pages, bees are shown on the move, gathering nectar, feeding larvae, maturing, cleaning and polishing cells, making wax, taking care of the queen, unloading nectar, and guarding the hives. Like the bees, readers jump from one concept to another and may become confused by the changing roles and stages, not realizing that a worker bee and a forager bee are the same. There is also some confusion between the diagrams and the text. The text refers to a bee's tongue whereas the diagram shows only a proboscis. Heiligman also states that bees use every part of their body to do their work but no mention is made of the role of the thorax, forelegs, or compound eye. Nonetheless, readers will learn how bees communicate, the role of royal jelly, and just how hardworking honeybees really are. An attractive addition.
Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Ages 5-8. This picture book from the Jump into Science series presents the honeybee. Besides trying to allay children's fears of bees, it provides fascinating details about life inside the hive, where female bees develop from egg to larva to pupa to worker bee. At various stages in their adult lives, the workers have specific jobs, such as nurse bee, house bee, guard bee, and forager. As she clearly describes how the workers perform their tasks at different stages, Heiligman also communicates a great deal of interesting information about species. Golembe's naive gouache paintings, sometimes surrounded by decorative borders, illustrate the text clearly and colorfully. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD780L (What's this?)
  • Series: Jump Into Science
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books; Reprint edition (May 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142630157X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426301575
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.1 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #713,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Deborah Heiligman is the author of close to 30 books for children and teens. Her most recent books are THE BOY WHO LOVED MATH: THE IMPROBABLE LIFE OF PAUL ERDOS and SNOW DOG, GO DOG. CHARLES AND EMMA: The Darwins' Leap of Faith was a National Book Award Finalist, A Printz Honor, the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction winner, and a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. INTENTIONS, a YA novel, is an exploration of betrayal, love, faith, and the time in a kid's life when the black and white of childhood becomes the gray of adulthood. It's got religion, sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll. Also, it's funny. It was the recipient of the Sydney Taylor Award for Teen Readers.


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Deborah lives in New York City with her husband. Her sons drop by frequently. She and her husband have a Cairn terrier named Ketzie.

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Ever wondered how bees make honey? Dive into this lively informative book about bees and find out why " Busy as a bee" is not an idle statement! Discover which bees work, feed, fly and warn the hive of possible attacks. The book is well written, vividly illustrated and artistically designed. Notice the end papers!Deborah Heiligman takes a complicated concept and explains it in carefully chosen clarifying details. Add this to your home library. You'll return to it, again and again.
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As the father of an eight year old who is not particularly interested in science, I am always looking for science themed books that will capture my son's attention. Honeybees is just such a book. My son (and my daughter and I) found the story of the honeybee's life to be intriguing. Their society is truly fascinating. Heiligman's text is well written and informative. Carla Golembe's colorful illustrations are exquisite, imaginative and accurate at the same time. A most impressive accomplishment.
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We are big fans of the entire Jump into Science series - we have almost all of them and the quality and interest-level of honeybees is excellent, and on par with the rest - highly recommended! My 5-year old son likes to put up his arms and pretend to be a guard bee - and he calls some of the other bees he sees outside "robber bees" it's awesome.
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I use this book with my PreK students. We all become bees and work together to keep our queen bee happy. This book explains how and why bees are important to our environment. Most young children are afraid of bees; understanding bees helps them to be a little less fearful.
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