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The Life and Times of the Honeybee Paperback – August 25, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 910L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (August 25, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039586139X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395861394
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4?Information about honeybees has never been more interesting. As in Micucci's The Life and Times of the Apple (Orchard, 1992), text and illustrations perfectly complement one another in a concise presentation of facts about the insects both within and outside the hive. Their physical characteristics, division of labor, and role in pollination are fully described. Additional fascinating facts about a bee's year-round activities, the job of the beekeeper, the many products that contain beeswax and other natural products from the hive, and ways honey has been used throughout history are included. Excellent organization with attention to clear labeling of diagrams and correct juxtaposition of text and illustrations combine with a direct writing style that makes the material easy to understand. Even the "tail-wagging dance" that directs bees to flower locations is simple to follow. The author's naturalistic watercolors are beautifully rendered in soft hues that reflect the true colorations, and a whimsical little bee in glasses appears periodically to lend a touch of humor. There is no index, but a table of contents leads to specific topics. A book that is right on target for young readers, and one that would be a fine companion to photographed titles such as Barrie Watts's Honeybee (Silver Burdett, 1990).?Diane Nunn, Richard E. Byrd Elementary School, Glen Rock, NJ
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 3-5, younger for reading aloud. Every bit as nicely designed and packed with information as The Life and Times of the Apple (1992), this book reminds us that original artwork can be more precise and just as spectacular as photographs in children's nonfiction: here, for example, there's a large, striking, double-page-spread illustration of a worker bee guaranteed to make kids gasp. Most of the drawings, however, are small, finely detailed, and many to a page. Along with reinforcing and expanding upon the text, they lighten the information load--a bespectacled cartoon bee adds a bit of comedy by flitting from page to page among his more realistically drawn relatives. Each nicely organized double-page spread deals with a different aspect of the honeybee variety we know best (Micucci is not concerned with African or Africanized bees). The information, which appears in concise, clearly written blocks of text, covers everything from distribution, reproduction, behavior, and honey manufacture to the honeybee's niche in history. A solid, fascinating treasure trove of bee stuff, as enriching to the mind as it is pleasing to the eye, Micucci's book is a wonderful example of how good children's nonfiction can really be. Stephanie Zvirin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It very informative and easy to read and follow.
Natasha Thompson
This book has beautiful illustrations and all anyone would want to know about bees.
Bonita Brinamen
I fell in love with the book and had to order it for myself.
Ms. Wanda L. Logan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bonita Brinamen on March 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
I teach First Grade and we are working on a unit on bees. This book has beautiful illustrations and all anyone would want to know about bees. It also tells about the various types of honey and bees. There is an diagram of a beekeeper in his/her protective clothes. This book has helped make my class wild about bees.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Janet Beekman on April 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
My husband, Bob, writes: As a retired beekeeper and long-time educator, I sometimes make presentations to children as well as groups of adults about the honeybee. This little book is the best resource available anywhere! Charles Minucci has his facts straight! Well researched, clearly presented, and accurately illustrated, The Life and Times of the Honeybee is a great resource and should be in every elementary school classroom and in every bee enthusiast's library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Constanza Palacios on September 16, 2011
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The book gives a very informative easy to read life of the bees.It's and easy to read must read book to help us understand the importance of the pollinators in our lives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gael Linn on March 20, 2009
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I recently checked out a couple of books from the library about bee's for my nine year old granddaughter, who loves honey! She is a bit of a reluctant reader, but I thought a book about something she loves would 'hit the spot' and this one did.
She enjoyed learning about the life of bees through nicely illustrated pages and concise paragraphs. I was surprised at how much I learned, too!
There is a two page section that shows some different flowers and trees from which bees gather nectar - that gave me the idea to search local stores and the Internet to buy different types of honey and a honey comb. Having the book and 7 different samples of honey has turned into a wonderful family learning experience.
I commend the author, Charles Micucci, for his selection of facts and his presentation of them to young readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Wanda L. Logan on June 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have been collecting books about keeping bees. When I retire, that is what I want to do...tend bees. I have many books on the subject written in adult form, but this one is written very simply so that even children can understand it. I first saw it in my school's library and checked it out when I was going to have the children learn a song about bees and listen to Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee." I always try to include a book for visuals in my music lessons. I fell in love with the book and had to order it for myself. It tells the complete life-cycle of the honeybee and the illustrations are wonderful! I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in learning more about honeybees!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andy45cal on July 20, 2011
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Great book - got it for the grandkids and ended up reading (learned a lot from it actually) it myself! Good informitive book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary on June 2, 2011
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Very good book for learning the life and times of honeybees, one of our greatest resources. We used this with our children to teach them about honeybees.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BM Herrera on April 24, 2009
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I purchased this book for my 10 year old son who is passionate about learning all about insects. This book is wonderfully illustrated with short paragrahs and description of the habits and life of the honeybee. I highly recommend it for children of reading age.
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