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  • Series: Scientists in the Field Series
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (May 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547152310
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547152318
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 5–8—The mystery of the vanishing honeybees began in the winter of 2006 when beekeeper Dave Hackenberg inspected 400 of his 3000 hives in Florida and discovered that 20 million bees had simply disappeared. He frantically alerted state bee inspectors and other beekeepers that there was some strange new ailment affecting these insects and asked for help in finding the cause. Soon beekeepers across the country were reporting similar catastrophes. Most of this lucid, fact-filled introduction focuses on the investigation into the problem, now known as "colony collapse disorder," or CCD. Separate chapters cover each of four scientists' line of research and describe their procedures, key tools, equipment, and findings. While no definitive cause for CCD has yet been found, the researchers theorize that the disorder is caused by a combination of the usual bee ailments, the chemicals used to treat them, and a new systemic pesticide employed by farmers. Other chapters include interviews with a hobbyist beekeeper and Hackenberg; they are packed with information on beekeeping and stress the importance of bees as pollinators. Special feature pages profile the scientists and describe the physical and behavioral characteristics of honeybees; hive construction; the making of honey, etc. Clear color photographs of beekeepers, scientists, equipment, close-ups of bees, hives, etc., complement the text on every page. Youngsters concerned with the environment will find this meticulously researched title a valuable resource.—Karey Wehner, formerly at San Francisco Public Library
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*Starred Review* The author of Tracking Trash (2007), Burns now spotlights a “dream team” of scientists as they work to determine what is threatening bee colonies and (by extension) agriculture, which depends on bees for pollination. After following hobbyist beekeeper Mary Duane as she inspects her hives, the discussion turns to a commercial beekeeper who reported in 2006 that 20 million bees had vanished in a mysterious and deadly phenomenon now known as colony collapse disorder (CCD). Fully illustrated with excellent color photos, the clearly written text introduces four scientists and follows them from the field to their labs as they investigate possible causes of CCD: pesticides, viruses, bacteria, and pests such as mites. The book demonstrates the urgent need for answers, the challenges of the scientists’ ongoing research projects, and the importance of investigating a variety of possibilities. In the final pages, beekeeper Duane harvests honey from her healthy bees’ hives. Throughout the presentation, readers learn about the anatomy, development, and social behavior of honey bees and observe the process of scientific investigation and its vital, real-world application. Appended are lists of recommended books, magazines, films, and Web sites as well as a glossary and a source bibliography. A fascinating book from the Scientists in the Field series. Grades 6-10. --Carolyn Phelan

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Amazing book and amazing author!
Kimberly P. Napoleone
I hope this book will be read by many, who will also come to be more thankful for the bees in our lives, and help make the world a safer place for them.
Jeannine Atkins
I myself purchased this book to share with my Grandchildren....being that it is a children's science book!!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By N. S. VINE VOICE on March 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"Wind, rain, spiders, and other animals can pollinate plants, but nothing does the job as efficiently as the honey bee. Some crops, such as almonds, are so dependent on honey bees that they couldn't be produced without the help of commercial beekeepers. Every February, more than half a million acres of almond trees bloom in California, and beekeepers from around the country truck in more than one million bee colonies to do the pollinating.
"Other crops depend on commercial honey bees too. In addition to California almond trees in February, Dave's bees pollinate Florida citrus trees in March, Pennsylvania apple trees in April and May, Maine blueberry bushes in June, and Pennsylvania pumpkin plants in July.
"'The biggest thing about bees is not honey,' says Dave. 'It's that your food supply depends on them.'"

When I was little and I had a nose stuffed with snot and a throat filled with sandpaper, my mom would squeeze some fresh lemon into a big mug, add a spoonful of honey and fill it with hot water. I'm thinking that honey's sweet role in being a comfort to me when I was feeling really miserable is one reason why I am still so fond of it today. Concerned about the degree to which refined sweeteners were being added to nearly all processed foods (Yes, I read a book about it.), I've avoided eating food and beverages containing white sugar and/or corn syrup since the Seventies. But I do like to keep a container of honey around for when I bake.

As Loree Griffin Burns explains in THE HIVE DETECTIVES, big-time commercial beekeeper Dave Hackenberg trucks all of his bees to Florida in the winter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeannine Atkins on May 5, 2010
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I knew a bit about bees and the current predicament before I read this beautiful and informative book, but my appreciation has grown so much. After reading about bee habits and bodies and needs, my gardening has changed. I look at the bees as friends. I watch them closely. And feel so so glad that they're around.

I hope this book will be read by many, who will also come to be more thankful for the bees in our lives, and help make the world a safer place for them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kaui on April 30, 2013
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non-fiction can be as good as fiction with the right writer. this book hits the target head on. Quote from my son: "why can't schoolbooks lay out history in a fun way? this book is so fun to read and my social studies book in school is so boring!"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maryl on July 27, 2012
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I myself purchased this book to share with my Grandchildren....being that it is a children's science book!! I found it insightful, well written, easy to understand, the photos were awesome!! I think anyone that is interested in science books for their kids or for a little science lesson for themselves ( we all know some of us could use it) and some splendid photography should get this book and read it and pass it on to the youngsters, great learning tool for schools also !!!! Totally worth the money I spent!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. K. Messner on June 1, 2011
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THE HIVE DETECTIVES: CHRONICLE OF A HONEY BEE CATASTROPHE is about the mystery of honeybee colony collapse and what scientists are discovering about it. It's part of Houghton Mifflin's Scientists in the Field series, and like the author's TRACKING TRASH, it is told in a narrative nonfiction style that is impossible to put down. The photography is amazing, too. The book is full of amazing images and information that is so, so important to those of us who wonder about our environment, our interactions with nature, and where our food comes from, too. This is a great book, well-written and compelling and fascinating, and it's an important book, too. Don't miss it.
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By Lisa Huninghake on January 4, 2014
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This story is fascinating as you read about the way scientists were able to uncover the reasons behind the deaths of so many honey bees.
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I write books about science for young people. From an oceanographer who tracks plastic ducks through the world ocean to an entomologist who studied mason bees in his backyard to an astronomer who spent her life puzzling over ground drawings in the desert of Peru, the scientists I meet every day -- in person or through my research -- are fascinating and passionate people. I love sharing their stories through my books.

I live and work online at www.loreeburns.com; stop by for a visit sometime!

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