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The Buzz on Bees: Why Are They Disappearing? Library Binding – May 1, 2010

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: 950L (What's this?)
  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082342247X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823422470
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 10.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2–4—Excellent color photos provide an eye-catching backdrop for a simple, readable text that explains the importance of bees as pollinators and the current mystery of CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder) as hundreds of thousands of bees vanish without a trace. Children may be surprised to find that almonds are dependent upon bees for pollination, as are cotton plants and apple trees. (The actual fertilization process is not explained.) Rotner and Woodhull offer a look at a variety of bees and other pollinators and a sample of the many products dependent on their efforts. They speculate on current theories as to the cause of CCD and present actions people can take to "Bee Active!" Good online resources and a page of additional data on bees are appended. A far cry from all the "killer bee" hoopla, this title is eye-catching and informative.—Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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One of the most curious signs of serious ecological trouble in the past few years has been the not-yet-fully-understood disappearance of massive numbers of bees, known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). This book is most effective in its clear-sighted explanation of just how crucial bees and their role in pollination are to a wide variety of plants and, in turn, the food we eat: as go the bees, so go “cantaloupes, cucumbers, blueberries, peppers, soybeans, watermelons, peaches, tomatoes, pumpkins, onions, and almonds.” The possible causes of CCD, however, are hastily listed in a single spread. Therein lies the paradox—it's too soon to know for sure what's going on, but by the time we know, it may be too late to do anything about it. So, although the book can't answer the question posed in the subtitle, it succeeds in providing children with coherent background information and ideas to give the bees a hand. The book is supported by a large number of photos, sometimes six or more per page, yet more careful selection might have made for an even stronger presentation. Grades 1-3. --Ian Chipman

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"The Buzz on Bees, Why Are They Disappearing?" is a color-photo studded fact book about the alarming disappearance of whole populations of bees in North America. The phenomena is called Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD, and since 2004 almost half of the honeybees in the United States have vanished. "The Buzz on Bees" explores possible causes, including pollution, mites, even migratory beekeeping. There suggestions as to how kids can be proactive in encouraging the survival of bees, including planting their own garden, encouraging parents to buy local, organically grown food, buying local honey, planting meadows instead of lawns, avoiding spraying pesticides, planting flowers to bloom at different times to ensure a summer-long food supply for bees, and even beginning to try home beekeeping, just like First lady Michelle Obama and her family. many interesting facts about bees are included along with countless fabulous photos. If bees are a key to the health and survival-potential of earth's environment, we need to focus on how to support bees and make a more habitable environment for them. "The Buzz on Bees" helps teach kids more about how to do just that.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Linda on July 28, 2010
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This book I would recommend. It is well written and the potography is excellent. Knowing some of the people in this book and hearing their comments I would highly recommend the book. I know that facts are correct because I know the honeybee business.
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