From Publishers Weekly
A girl visits her beekeeping grandfather in The Beeman by Laurie Krebs, illus. by Melissa Iwai. The text-modeled after "The House That Jack Built"-introduces beekeeping equipment and hive hierarchy, and explains the harvesting of honey ("Here are the house bees/ with swift-moving wings/ that dry up the nectar/ a worker bee brings"). Ages 4-8.
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From School Library Journal
reSchool-Grade 2-A warm, rhyming text about a relationship more than a description of a job. From the cover portrait of a slightly bemused gentleman zipped in a protective jacket to the final illustration of the man and his granddaughter enjoying homemade muffins with fresh honey, readers are introduced to the steps and the equipment involved in caring for the hive and gathering honey. Iwai's large, colorful acrylic illustrations make the setting and characters real and immediate; listeners may feel as though they are working right along with the girl and her grandfather. Bits and pieces of information are shared rather than written as complete explanations. For example, "Here is the smoker/that quiets the bees," gives no clue as to how or why. "Here are his gloves/made of cotton and leather,/protecting his hands/in all kinds of weather" makes no mention of potential stings. Those who want to understand the life of a bee would be better served by Deborah Heiligman's Honeybees (National Geographic, 2002). Krebs's book is a simple, appealing look at one beekeeping season.Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC
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