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Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2011

About the Author

LELA NARGI is the author of numerous books about knitting and cooking. This is her first children's book.

KYRSTEN BROOKER's wonderful books for children include Someday When My Cat Can Talk by Caroline Lazo; Precious and the Boo Hag by Patricia C. McKissack, an ALA Notable Book, a School Library Journal Book of the Year, and a Charlotte Zolotow Honor; and Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street by Roni Schotter, a National Council of Teachers Notable Trade Book.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Library Binding: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (March 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375956956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375956959
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 9.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,478,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I'm a writer who looks for the small stories in the vast world that surrounds us - whether I'm writing children's books; exploring the history or current state of knitting and craft; or researching magazine articles on travel, food, or kids.

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Every school should own this book !
SPDMOM
This book is fantastic, from the beautiful illustrations to the masterfully written text.
Eazzzy reader
Also, it is about bee keeping, so that makes it just that much better!
John C.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Sandford on September 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A genuine story about a man named Fred who keeps three beehives on the rooftop of his Brooklyn apartment. Beautifully told, it imparts the seasonal life of bees, how bees behave, how to care for them. Neighborhood vignettes juxtapose everyday city life with the bees' activity. Fred is tender, he calls them `Sweeties'. He cultivates the bees for their honey, tastes the local flowers from which the honey comes, and shares jars of honey with his neighbors. Kyrsten Brooker's watercolor illustrations are extraordinary in and of themselves, but also in the way they complement the story. And, ZING--some spreads startlingly include small bits of paper-cut collage! Once the reader recognizes this, there will be much flipping of pages to discover more. The plight of bees in our modern world may be in jeopardy; this excellent and enjoyable book helps to explain their importance in a faithful and gentle way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mona E. Digaetano on December 24, 2012
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It was a very good teaching tool for my preschool class. It helped the children get a greater understanding of the way bees make honey. Good Pictures!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FIRR-Kids! on August 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Fred lives in Brooklyn, right in the heart of the city. His apartment building is surrounded by linden trees and other tall apartment buildings. When he climbs up to the roof of his building, Fred loves that he can see the entire city spread before him. But more than that, he loves the bustling miniature city that is entirely contained on his rooftop.

Fred is a beekeeper. His bees are housed in sectioned beehives that smell like a cross between caramel and ripe peaches. Each of the three buildings is ruled by a queen bee, whom Fred has named Queen Mab, Queen Nefertiti, and Queen Boadicea. While the queens are busy laying eggs, the workers are building wax rooms, feeding babies and visiting flowers all over Brooklyn.

In the summer, Fred rises early and makes his way to the roof with his cup of tea. Settled in his rooftop lawn chair, he closes his eyes and imagine what his city would feel like as a bee, swooping through the city, wind rushing over his back. Fred greets the bees as they emerge from their hive. He knows they will gather nectar from all over Brooklyn and return to the hive to store it in beautifully constructed wax rooms. Later, Fred will carefully remove that honeycomb, harvest the honey, and share the sweet nectar with his neighbors.

Lela Nargi's inspiration for this story was two real life Brooklyn apiarists. I wonder how many of the little details are invented or based on the real apiarists? Fred has fancy names for his queen bees, but his cat's name is simply Cat. He wears slippers to the roof that match his royal blue cardigan, and a plaid newsboy cap covers his balding head. I like the details of his house: the patchwork quilt on his bed, the various wallpaper prints in each room, and the aqua webbed aluminum lawn chair that older people always seem to have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debra Stream on March 29, 2013
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I bought this book for my husband, who is a beekeeper. Even tho it is a child's book, I figure he will enjoy reading it to our grandchildren.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SPDMOM on May 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Every school should own this book ! As an elementary school teacher, I was delighted with the informative playfulness of this book. Our class used this book for our Spring theme work and the children were fascinated by this city (beehive) inside a city (Brooklyn). The collage style illustrations are capturing and the descriptive writing enticing!
Sweet inclusions of names for Fred's dog,cat, and bees provide the personal touch that appeals to children everywhere.
Wonderful balance of factual and playful !
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