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A Short History of the Honey Bee: Humans, Flowers, and Bees in the Eternal Chase for Honey Hardcover – May 20, 2009
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“When this honey connoisseur speaks of the sweet substance as ‘the truest distillation of the landscape,’ it’s easy to be seduced by the idea. You’ll want to participate in a honey tasting after finishing this book.” —The Sierra Club
“Readicker-Henderson. . . makes no apology for his very personal delight in the succulent ambrosia of honey and his enthusiasm for local products rather than the bland, sweet, blended gloop sold in plastic bottles.” —Gardens Illustrated
“The amazing photography and the engaging text are fabulous.” —Charleston Gazette
“Filled with just the right mixture of learning, personal narrative and historical facts, this piece is enhanced by strikingly beautiful photographs by Ilona, set among the pages like brilliant gems. The prose is comprehensible and inspiring.” —Sacramento Book Review
“A short and accessible narrative, written through the author’s personal experience growing up with honey and becoming a beekeeper. His delight and dedication to bees comes through, and Ilona’s images are gorgeous.” —Buffalo Spree Magazine
“Honey is a main subject of this delightful book. . . . Certainly our diet cannot be the same without honey bees.” —Greenfield Recorder
“This book by the poetic E. Readicker-Henderson and the talented photographer Ilona far exceeded my wildest expectations. I am, in short, in love with this book! . . . Readers, I implore you. Buy this book. Then buy it for others. And teach your children every word. Every one.” —Plant Whatever Brings You Joy
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However, it is not strong on the scientific side, and is really a light hearted tale of the author and the honey bee. I had hoped that it would have been a bit stronger on the bee, the bee families, the details of some of the problems bees face today, and frankly something a bit more filled with content rather than experience.
The book is enjoyable, but there was an ambiguity of expectations. I have seen this more and more with Timber in that they have wonderful picture books but lack the depth one would like in a more technical presentation.
All in all the author has done a good job at what was the initial intent.
The book has plenty of quirky facts, for instance, it takes two million flower visits and 50,000 miles of flying to make a pound of honey. There's rich information about beekeeping through history, fascinating bee dances, and the hive's complex culture.
But more than that, this book is a celebration of honey. Readicker-Henderson calls a jar of honey "a voyage of discovery, a promise of risk and reward." He calls a taste of honey "a pure and flawless moment in the world."
The author has spent a lifetime chasing honey around the globe, sampling the sweet expression of landscapes as diverse as the deserts of the Middle East and the jungles of South Africa.
This inspiring prose is really an ode to the magical elixir of the Gods that is honey. It's a wonderful read, and will make you consider honey as never before.
This is also a GREAT gift book.
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Good book. The copy i received is a non sellable one and missing the pics. probably better if they were present . Content 4 starsPublished 5 months ago by J.