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The Beeman Hardcover – March 1, 2008

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Kindergarten-Grade 4—This charming book is visually enticing and just plain fun to read. In simple, gentle "This Is the House That Jack Built" verse, a grandson affectionately delineates all of the tasks that his grandfather, the town beeman, performs as he cares for his hives. The child assists him, adding a nice intergenerational touch. The text conveys facts, but at the same time captures a larger understanding of and appreciation for nature: "Here is the queen bee,/who does her job well,/and lays tiny eggs/in a six-sided cell. 'She's the heart of the hive,'/says the Beeman." The acrylic illustrations are done in predominantly muted, pastel shades with occasional touches of bright colors. The slightly skewed perspectives keep readers' eyes traveling across the spreads. This is a newly illustrated version of an older title (National Geographic, 2002), with eight pages of additional information appended. This is a priority purchase for most collections as it works for beginning report writers and those with general interest, and also reads aloud well. It opens with a poem by Aileen Fisher, connecting an older poet to a new generation.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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First published as The Beeman (2002) with illustrations by Melissa Iwai, this picture book reappears with nearly the same text but a new look and several added features. Featuring a beekeeper who introduces his grandson to bees and honey production, the book now opens with Aileen Fisher’s fine, short poem “Bees” and concludes with six nicely illustrated pages of information about these distinctive insects, their development from egg to adult, bee colonies, aspects of beekeeping techniques and equipment, honey, pollination, and bee “dancing.” There is also a recipe for the muffins mentioned in the story. Argentine artist Cis contributes a series of large-scale paintings using pleasing colors in a folk-art style that suits the simplicity of the verse. Although not a necessary purchase for libraries with the first version on their shelves, this is an attractive choice for those that don’t own it or want both. Preschool-Grade 2. --Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1080L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books; 1st edition (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846861462
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846861468
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,615,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By k on April 28, 2014
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This is a great book to use with children. I used it in a classroom setting when working on a plant/pollination unit in science. Unfortunately it's a little difficult to find copies. I recently ordered this one for our County Bee Association so that members can take this book along and let children/teachers see what is available as a resource for honey bees. My original copy was a hard copy that I purchased through National Geographic many years ago.

“The Beeman” was awarded their coveted 2014 Book of the Year award by the American Farm Bureau.
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"The Beeman" is a fact-filled, fun children' illustrated story about a man who keeps bees. Special articles of clothing protect the beeman when he goes among the beehives to tend the bees. Special tools and techniques are described so that the beeman may carefully observe the bees and the queen be in the hive. Grandfather Beeman teaches his grandson many special things about bees and their habits. Harvesting honey from the bees is also part of the beeman's job, always making sure there is enough honey left in the hive to help the bees live through the long winter. Additional fascinating information about bees, bee colonies, beekeeping, and honey, as well as pollination and bee dancing. is included at the end of the story. Last of all is a wonderful recipe for Grandma's apple and honey muffins, that the boy and his Grandfather Beeman like very much. "The Beeman" is a wonderful introduction to the world of industrious honeybees for children ages 3 and up.
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My boys, ages 3 and 5, love this book. The book is simple yet so interesting because it tells about different bees and the basics of beekeeping. It also has a cute poem at the beginning that we memorized. The illustrations are quite cute and we enjoy looking for where the cat is on each page. I have made the honey muffins and they are really good--no sugar, just honey and apples! (And I am not a fan of sugarless baked goods.) Definitely a good book!
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