Clan Apis Paperback – January 1, 2000
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- Grade level : 4 - 6
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Paperback : 158 pages
- ISBN-10 : 096772550X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0967725505
- Dimensions : 7 x 0.5 x 9.75 inches
- Publisher : Active Synapse; 2nd edition (January 1, 2000)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,067,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Upon first look I had to agree about the art, and as I read it I joined him in the story department as well.
Once you get used to the concept of anthropomorphic hymenoptera, the tale unfolds with an older bee passing on lore to a larva. There is a lot of pure science in here, and no better way for kids to learn all those facts about our hive dwelling friends than in the framework of a tale. There is plenty of humor and we get to meet some other insects, arachnids, and various other creatures who interact with bees, and even the flowers can talk here!
My first copy got glommed by a bee friend and passed around to all her bee keeper friends until it was dog eared and so I bought a pristine copy to keep for myself. The bee keepers loved it too.
My favorite part is not the science, but the author's postulation of what bee philosophy and theosophy would be, their worldview based on their short lives, but the importance of the continuation of the hive at all costs.
For comic lovers, bee lovers, and people who just enjoy a good story.
While the relationship between humans and honeybees has existed for thousands of years, it is safe to say that the relationship between honeybees and flowers has existed since the dawn of the honeybee in sub-Saharan Africa millions of years ago . As beekeepers, it is easy to forget this link between flora and fauna as we fuss with our own hive management strategies. Thankfully, Hosler does an excellent job of bringing the evolutionary context to the fore, with an opening vignette of the creation of the universe from the honeybee's perspective--all beginning from the mother flower.
The book opens with a telling of the tale of the mother flower to the larval Nyuki*, by her sister, Dvorah.* This sets the stage for the two storylines that Hosler seamlessly interweaves through the book. The first is a story of Nyuki, a honeybee who refuses to take anything about life for granted, and her relationship to her older, wiser sister. Nyuki's life takes on familiar twists and turns that serve as a learning basis for children and a captivating story for adults. The other is more didactic; Hosler carefully plants basic facts about honey bee biology and ecology as carefully chosen lines in the story and clever images in the drawings. Like the best children's books, Clan Apis poignantly addresses some very sophisticated themes--the existence of a creator, the painful processes of adolescence, and even the inevitability of the end of life. And like the best adult books, it's informative and compelling; it stays with you long after you've turned the final page.
We offer just one warning to readers: This exceptional book can easily be devoured in a sitting, but it shouldn't be. Savor each page and Hosler's wonderful displays of skill and artistry. We are sure that at you will regret the turning of the last page, and hope that Hosler will continue to educate and entertain us with more bee adventures as much as we do.
As we follow her daily excursions, we are also inhaling the complicated information of a bee colony. Learning is fun and painless. Images are simple, but elegant in an artistic style that is well-matched with the text.
Bees need our attention and this book is one of the easiest ways to raise awareness and understanding of the importance of bees for our crops and therefore our survival. You will want to know more about bees and social insects when you finish. Ideal source material for reading classes, early biology, and social science, not to mention the art of creating a graphic novel.
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Une BD comme on aimerait en voir plus souvent...
L'auteur à un blog ou il a mis à disposition une BD "online" très fun (mais plus technique) sur la photosynthèse... si vous voulez voir ce que cela donne...
C'est aussi l'auteur de la BD "Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth" que je vous conseil aussi vivement.
(Bien que pour "evolution" ils ne soit que scénariste)