Gr. 2-4. The first thing children will notice about this entry in the Animal Close-Ups series is the photos. Bees, bees, honeybees everywhere, enlarged to the size of a small child's fist so their lacy wings and fuzzy bodies are clearly visible, flying through the air by the thousands as they look for a new place to build a hive. The text, smoothly translated from the French, follows honeybees from the flower into the hive, describing how the insects take pollen, make honey, build a hive, replenish their population, and begin a new colony. The photos are captioned, although more details would have made the references clearer, as would a diagram or two. That said, there's great information here, clearly and interestingly presented. Report writers as well as curious kids will come away with new respect for those winged things that buzzzzz. Stephanie ZvirinCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
"Stunning full-color paintings illustrate the story of a brother and sister who spend a day aboard a lobstering boat." --Booklist
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