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The Beeman Hardcover – September 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792272242
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792272243
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 9.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #414,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

In creating my picture books, I have combined my love of children's literature with my love of traveling to fascinating places. I hope through my series with Barefoot Books to introduce young readers to people and cultures that might be unfamiliar to them.

I also love 18th century history and enjoyed finding real people who plied the trades I wrote about in my Colonial series. One of the men, a miller named Isaac Keeler, had lived in my Connecticut town and when I wrote the story, I was living in a Keeler house a short distance from the mill.

I have four children and five grandsons, one step-granddaughter and one step- grandson, none of whom live close enough to suit me. I now live in Virginia with my husband, Bill, and my golden retriever, May.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This warm, appealing picture book about bee-keeping (and grandparenting) is a delight from beginning to end. The text is spare and rhythmic, perfect for reading aloud, and the illustrations are full of bright colors and cheerfully inviting. Bees tend to fascinate young children, even if they frighten them; this book offers an insightful, reassuring look at the pleasures of bee-keeping for a little girl and her grandfather.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eilonwyofllyr on November 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Krebs has written a delightful book that brings to life a glowing glimpse of "The Beeman." Seen through the eyes of a grandchild, this book invokes a warm town as gentle bee-keeping facts are given. Her book is an excellent addition to a family library or a classroom's apiary unit. I can't wait to see her other books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas on July 1, 2013
Format: Paperback
Length: 0:34 Mins
My son is 2 years old and can identify the 3 different types of bees (workers, drones, queen). When mom showed his my hives he said "beeman! beeman!" ... yep, your daddy is a bee man!

The book includes an accurate portrayal of a bee keeper's activities and also includes a wealth of knowledge about bees including "the dance"

This book will educate adults and children alike. 5 stars!!
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By Barna Kakonyi on May 16, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I recommend it to parents to teach kids about the importance of honeybees and fun facts of beekeeping.Nice illustrations,easy to read for kids.
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