Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera

By: Candace Fleming

Illustrator: Eric Rohmann

Beginning at birth, the honeybee emerges through the wax cap of her cell and is driven to protect and take care of her hive. She cleans the nursery and feeds the larvae and the queen. But is she strong enough to fly? Not yet! She builds wax comb to store honey, and transfers pollen from other bees into the storage. She defends the hive from invaders. Apis accomplishes all of this before beginning her life outdoors as an adventurer, seeking nectar to bring back to her hive.

Get up close and personal with Apis, one honeybee, as she embarks on her journey through life, complete with exquisitely detailed illustrations.

Diagram of a honeybee. “Helping Out Honeybees.” Bee facts. Online resources. Further reading. Full-color illustrations created with oil paint.

ISBN: 9780823442850

JLG Release: Apr 2020


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Honeybees , Animal behavior and characteristics , Insects

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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Prior to the title page, two full-page close-ups show a honeybee emerging from her wax cell. The free verse poem that runs through the entire book helps readers envision the start of this life cycle. The text and the accompanying illustrations work together masterfully. The vocabulary is precise and razor sharp: each word makes an impact, adding a Prior to the title page, two full-page close-ups show a honeybee emerging from her wax cell. The free verse poem that runs through the entire book helps readers envision the start of this life cycle. The text and the accompanying illustrations work together masterfully. The vocabulary is precise and razor sharp: each word makes an impact, adding a crucial detail. The language also generates and sustains curiosity. Early on in the narrative, Fleming wonders if the honeybee is ready to fly, but the answer is “not yet.” Other jobs come first—cleaning, nursing, queen tending, comb building, food handling, and guarding. The bee finally takes flight “on the twenty-fifth day of her life.” It is worth the wait. Rohmann’s illustrations make a dramatic transition. The previous oil-on-paper illustrations are amazingly detailed, large, and easy to examine. The warm colors of the hive (brown, black, yellow) show a safe, secure environment. But as Apis Mellifera peers out from the hive, the perspective radically changes, and a four-page gatefold of a sunny meadow with a field of flowers is visible. Readers follow the insect through each of her jobs until her end, where a new honeybee takes her place. It’s an impressive cycle. This book is nonfiction at its best—a combination of beautifully crafted language and astonishing close-up illustrations. Fleming displays admiration for honeybees and conveys enormous respect for their work.

Book Details

ISBN

9780823442850

First Release

April 2020

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

595.79

Trim Size

11 1/2" x 9 1/2"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Neal Porter Books

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Honeybees, Animal behavior and characteristics, Insects,

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Book Genres

Picture Book

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