Honeybee: Poems & Short Prose
The newspaper boy delivers tissues instead of newspapers because the news is too sad; a batch of cookies brings together strangers at an airport; and a hopeful explanation for the disappearance of the world's bees is offered: "They are sick of the word 'busy.' They are on strike." In these poems and narratives about contemporary life, assumptions are questioned, surprises are common, and everything- and everyone-is interconnected.
JLG Release: Jul 2008
Awards & Honors
2008 School Library JournalBest Books, National Children’s Book & Literacy Alliance
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal*
School Library Journal
Bees, Nye contends, could clearly teach us humans a thing or two. Though the insects themselves do not appear in all of this collection's 82 pieces (poems are interspersed with short prose pieces), their spirit does. The anthology is a rallying cry, a call for us to rediscover such beelike traits as interconnectedness, strong community, and hon
Bees, Nye contends, could clearly teach us humans a thing or two. Though the insects themselves do not appear in all of this collection's 82 pieces (poems are interspersed with short prose pieces), their spirit does. The anthology is a rallying cry, a call for us to rediscover such beelike traits as interconnectedness, strong community, and honest communication. Readers are told that as humans they are at their best when "dipping and diving into the nectar of scenes. Tasting, savoring, and collecting sweetness." Though the poems are obviously told from a distinctively adult vantage point, teens at the very start of their questioning years will recognize their own angst in Nye's sense of irony, their idealistic optimism in her simple wonder. In the hands of a less talented poet, the extended bee analogy could have easily felt awkwardly imposed on such thorny issues as environmentalism, religious intolerance, political leadership, and the casualties of war. Luckily, Honeybee flows from the pen of a master, who has once again created a gem of a collection.
Jill Heritage Maza, Greenwich High School, CT
5" x 7 1/8"
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 4.3; Points: 8;
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Poetry, Poets, Learning from animal behavior, Finding insights in nature, Environmental effects of human actions, Realizing the value of what you already have, Language, The power of words, Communication, Observation, Success often comes from failure, Savoring life, Appreciating small things, Empathy, Friendship, Self-reflection, Memories, Contemplating your place in the world, Mothers and children, Reflections on religion, Current events in the Middle East, War's devastating effects, Mourning losses, Grief, Humanity and inhumanity, Questioning political leadership, Seeking truth, Interpersonal relationships, Rising above difficulties, Ending violence, Travel, Appreciating other countries and cultures, Finding commonalities, Global community, Sharing the world among all peoples,