The Honeybee Man
by Lela Nargi

Price at time of review: $17.99
Random House
New York, NY
ISBN: 9780375849800

Grade Level: K-2

Reviewed by CBC Reviewer

Honeybees have made news often over the past few years; the collapse of hives around the world threatening crops and ecosystems as one example. This book for young children has a different perspective, telling the story of an urban apiary and its importance to the owner and his community. Details about the insects and their hive are woven through the story. There's great scientific information here about honeybees and urban ecology.

This primary–level book might be used to introduce a human perspective to the science of bees or agriculture, or to encourage more observation of the environment in city schools. Whether the book is shared as a story or serves as a springboard to a class project (observing bees, planting a school garden, or setting up a demonstration hive) it will be enjoyed and valued. It was recognized as an NSTA/CBC Outstanding Trade Book.

Review posted on 1/12/2012

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