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Bumblebee at Apple Tree Lane - a Smithsonian's Backyard Book Hardcover – April 1, 2000

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From School Library Journal

Gr 1-3-This attractive fictional account follows the life of a queen bumblebee, from the day she awakens from hibernation in spring and seeks a nesting place to summer's end when she crawls underground to escape the cold of winter. Bumblebee's diet, her nest-building and nectar-gathering techniques, and the growth of the bee colony are described in both the text and in the handsome, realistically rendered, double-page paintings that feature larger-than-life insects and flowers. This simple nature lesson, used in a storytime setting, could be followed up with a photo-essay on the bumblebee and a trek outdoors to observe some of these fascinating insects in action.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH

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Fascinating --Chicago Parent Magazine

Excellent --Benjamin Franklin Awards

Attractive --School Library Journal

The latest edition to the 'Smithsonian Backyard' series of nature books for young readers, Laura Gates Galvin's 'Bumblebee at Apple Tree Lane' is the charming and informative story of a bumblebee awakening from a winter-long hibernation in the backyard of the stone-and-wood cottage on Apple Tree Lane. She works hard during the spring and summer cleaning the nest, laying eggs, providing food for the larvae, etc. In the fall the young queens hibernate underground and the following spring the life cycle of the bumblebee colony begins all over. This accurate presentation of the life cycle of the bumblebee is superbly illustrated in shining color with the vividly accurate artistry if Kristen Kest. This outstanding wildlife storybook is also available with a companion read-along audio-cassette tape and realistically designed stuffed animal toy in an interactive presentation for those who would prefer more than this simple, elegant, very highly recommended picture book. --Midwest Book Review

Attractive --School Library Journal

The latest edition to the 'Smithsonian Backyard' series of nature books for young readers, Laura Gates Galvin's 'Bumblebee at Apple Tree Lane' is the charming and informative story of a bumblebee awakening from a winter-long hibernation in the backyard of the stone-and-wood cottage on Apple Tree Lane. She works hard during the spring and summer cleaning the nest, laying eggs, providing food for the larvae, etc. In the fall the young queens hibernate underground and the following spring the life cycle of the bumblebee colony begins all over. This accurate presentation of the life cycle of the bumblebee is superbly illustrated in shining color with the vividly accurate artistry if Kristen Kest. This outstanding wildlife storybook is also available with a companion read-along audio-cassette tape and realistically designed stuffed animal toy in an interactive presentation for those who would prefer more than this simple, elegant, very highly recommended picture book. --Midwest Book Review

Attractive --School Library Journal

The latest edition to the 'Smithsonian Backyard' series of nature books for young readers, Laura Gates Galvin's 'Bumblebee at Apple Tree Lane' is the charming and informative story of a bumblebee awakening from a winter-long hibernation in the backyard of the stone-and-wood cottage on Apple Tree Lane. She works hard during the spring and summer cleaning the nest, laying eggs, providing food for the larvae, etc. In the fall the young queens hibernate underground and the following spring the life cycle of the bumblebee colony begins all over. This accurate presentation of the life cycle of the bumblebee is superbly illustrated in shining color with the vividly accurate artistry if Kristen Kest. This outstanding wildlife storybook is also available with a companion read-along audio-cassette tape and realistically designed stuffed animal toy in an interactive presentation for those who would prefer more than this simple, elegant, very highly recommended picture book. --Midwest Book Review

Attractive --School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Smithsonian's Backyard
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Soundprint; Casebound Hardcover book edition (April 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568998201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568998206
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 11.9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,264,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The latest addition to the "Smithsonian's Backyard" series of nature books for young readers, Laura Gates Galvin's Bumblebee At Apple Tree Lane is the charming and informative story of a bumblebee awakening from a winter-long hibernation in the backyard of the stone-and-wood cottage on Apple Tree Lane. She works hard during the spring and summer cleaning the nest, laying eggs, providing food for the larvae, etc. In the fall the young queens hibernate underground and the following spring the life cycle of the bumblebee colony begins all over. This accurate presentation on the life cycle of the bumblebee is superbly illustrated in full shining color with the vividly accurate artistry of Kristin Kest. This outstanding wildlife storybook is also available with a companion read-along audiocassette tape and realistically designed stuffed animal toy in a multimedia, interactive presentation for those who would prefer more than this simple, elegant, very highly recommended picturebook.
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Lovely artistry in this science book for grade schoolers. The colors are brilliant and eye-catching, realistic yet artistic. The book is good for K through 5. However, I read the book in middle school 8th grade, where it is also appropriate, because children and teens will both learn much of details about bumble bees, their lives and life cycle. Even adults who wish to learn about this little wonder of nature will learn in a capsulated manner that will fill in details and make deep visual impressions on their visual cortex of the inner workings of bumble bees.

Some of the illustrations are close-ups inside the nest, how a bee defends itself from invading ants. It is better than a movie in some respects, very strong pictures, simple, clear. There is a small glossary also.

A good nature/science picture book for K to middle school.
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I am a homeschooling mother of two. I absolutely love this book! It is very informative and it is written in story format that captures the mind of a 5 or 6 year old. The images are fantastically detailed and very enchanting. This is my favorite book in this series. I highly recommend this book, even as a bedtime story.
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This book is an excellent learning tool full of beautiful, accurate illustrations bursting with eye catching color. I would recommend any book illustrated by Kristen Kest. Her work outshines other illustrators in this series, as well as others, for the quality of the artwork and the level of accurate attention to detail.
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