City of Bees
Explore the secret, complex world of honeybees from a child's point of view. Six-year-old Oliver and his young friends join a beekeeper as he cares for his beehives over the course of a year. The children study everything from how a queen bee rules the hive, the various jobs each bee performs, how bees pollinate and how bees can fly at amazing speeds. With colorful imagery, learning activities, and remarkable up-close video, viewers of all ages will be enchanted and informed about the remarkable world that is the City of Bees.
Subtitled A Children's Guide to Bees, this delightful program takes a kid-friendly look at the amazing world of the honeybee. Narrated by a beekeeper and several young children (sometimes in a Q&A format), and punctuated by songs and rhymes, City of Bees is a sublime film, bringing a sense of wonder to the intricate details of the insects life and featuring in-flight shots simulating the bees journey as it makes its rounds from flower to flower. Kids and adults alike are sure to be charmed by City of Bees, which features DVD extras including a lesson plan and a photo gallery. Highly recommended. Editors Choice. --Video Librarian, Sept.Oct. 2006
Step into a hive and learn about the daily life of bees in this fascinating live-action film. Narrated by an adult male beekeeper, with occasional remarks by children, this is an up-close and personal look at bees. Viewers learn about the life cycle of the bee, the various jobs they do in the hive, and the differences between regular bees, drones, and queen bees. A year in the life of a hive is studied. The program presents information from a beekeeper's point of view rather than a child's, with occasional child-like aspects included, and this works out just fine. Vocabulary is often quite advanced. Intriguing facts about bees are coupled with amazing photography. A great way to supplement the science curriculum. Video Pick of The Week. --School Library Journal, August 2006
Highly Recommended. --EMRO Reviews - September 2006
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Terrible shame because it is really excellent, if only it played, sigh
However, I was a little disappointed that this film is only 30 minutes long. The price is WAY too steep for a 30 minute film!