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The Bee Tree Hardcover – April 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 6
  • Lexile Measure: 1090L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0938317989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0938317982
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,500,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Illustrator Paul Mirocha made five trips to Malaysia to perfectly capture the color, life, and near-magical wonder of the Malaysian rainforest and its bees in this wonderful picturebook, supplemented at the end with a section of amazing facts about Malaysia's rainforests, bee trees with up to one hundred bee honeycombs, and honey hunters. Highly recommended." —Midwest Book Review, starred review

"Despite the fact that much of the story takes place at night, the illustrations are bright enough for group sharing. Equally fascinating are the concluding eight pages of information and photographs…Although the story can stand alone, this additional information adds significantly to the book’s effectiveness." —School Library Journal

"Back in the office everyone was impressed by the illustrations – and that a book about the environment includes both nature and people. We have been hard pressed to find books for young children about the environment that include people, and that include institutional sources of the problem." —Deborah Menkart, Executive Director, Teaching for Change

"[The authors and illustrator] turned their unique experience into a fictional picture book with a coming-of-age theme … The story is replete with authentic details and the fascinating factual backmatter includes small paintings from the artist’s sketchbook and photographs." —Kirkus Reviews

"This book is meant to trigger children's thinking about ecology and the environment…it could be an excellent resource to include in an integrated curriculum unit about the rain forests or about pourquoi legends." —Children's Literature

"The Bee Tree is quite unforgettable, at least for this honey-gatherer. Let no son, daughter, niece, nephew, or grandchild be untouched by this masterpiece of sensibility for the planet." —Environmental Grantmakers Association Journal

"A beautifully-illustrated book that opens a window on a fascinating culture and a remarkable biological phenomenon." —David M. Schwartz, author of How Much is a Million

"Beautifully written and remarkably illustrated, the story follows the heart-warming journey of a teenager in learning the skills and rituals associated with this rite. In the process he, and the readers, become part of a magical world of special relationships, enduring beliefs and amazing beauty." —The Malaysian Star

"Taking almost a decade to be actualised, the book is the result of a coming together of extraordinary people from different backgrounds. Authored by Americans Dr Stephen Buchmann, 54, entomologist and environmental consultant, and Diana Cohn, 48, an award-winning children’s book writer and hobbyist beekeeper, it features wonderful artwork by scientific illustrator Paul Mirocha, 52. " —The Malaysian Star

"Dr Stephen Buchmann from the University of Arizona has incorporated what he learnt [in Malaysia] in a children’s book to be launched in the United States soon…The book has vibrant illustrations by his colleague Paul Mirocha." —The Malaysian Star

About the Author

Stephen Buchmann is an amateur beekeeper, associate professor of entomology at the University of Arizona in Tucson, author of The Forgotten Pollinators, and founder of The Bee Works, an environmental company. Diana Cohn lives in northern California. When not writing or working on other creative projects, she works as a program officer for a national foundation on issues related to economic justice. She is also a hobbyist beekeeper. Paul Mirocha's artwork is noted for its combination of detail and emotional appeal. It is smart realism. Since 1990, Paul has illustrated over 20 children's picture books and pop-ups, and his illustrations have appeared in interpretive exhibits, scientific and popular publications, and books of adult and young adult fiction and contemporary nature writing.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Entomologist Stephen Buchmann and award-winning children's book author Diana Cohn present The Bee Tree, a stunning children's picturebook based on the real-life traditions of honey hunters of Malaysia's indigenous people, who use special techniques to collect honey from dangerous, 1-inch long giant honeybees of the rainforest. Though fierce, the giant wild honeybees are also a critical link of the rainforest's ecology, and are deeply respected by the honey hunters. The Bee Tree recounts the legend of Hitam Manis, a servant girl who became transformed into a bee, and tells of the many precautions honey hunters take to avoid being stung (such as collecting honey only on moonless nights, and sending sparks to the ground to lure away guardian bees from the honeycomb), all through the eyes of a young boy being schooled in ancient ways. Illustrator Paul Mirocha made five trips to Malaysia to perfectly capture the color, life, and near-magical wonder of the Malaysian rainforest and its bees in this wonderful picturebook, supplemented at the end with a section of amazing facts about Malaysia's rainforests, bee trees with up to one hundred bee honeycombs, and honey hunters. Highly recommended.
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