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IN THE TREES, HONEY BEES

Author: Lori Mortensen

Illustrator: Cris Arbo

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Publisher: Dawn Publications,

Material: paperback

Summary: This is a fantastic story about how honey is made by honey bees. Follow the day of a honey bee, with exquisitely detailed illustrations that are biologically accurate and just gorgeous to look at! This is a story about honey bees that also includes science information.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 9

Reading Level: 2.8

Age of Child: Read with two boys, ages 3 and 5.

Young Reader Reaction: My sons both loved the book. They both love learning about animals, so this book really spoke to their interests. The pictures gave them lots to look at, and the text was very interesting to them. I picked the book the first time, but they came back and asked for it a lot.

Adult Reader Reaction: I loved this book. I could look at the pictures for hours, and the bee facts were so interesting. There are lots of beautiful scenes (and FLOWERS!) in this book. As a biologist, I truly appreciated all the hard work that went into the scientific accuracy of the information and pictures in this book.

Pros: Gorgeous pictures, will grow with the attention span of the child. The story text is written at 2 levels: 1) a 2-year-old level, with just 2-10 words per page (short and sweet for a short attention span), and 2) a 5-year old level, with several sentences explaining the bees’ behavior in more depth. The book can be enjoyed equally on either level. It is scientifically sound.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a great book that will catch the eye of most kids. it would be a great gift for a science-friendly home or even for a school!

If You Liked This Book, Try: BEE & ME   RUBY LEE THE BUMBLE BEE; A BEE OF POSSIBILITY   THE 1,2,3 BEES

Educational Themes: There is lots to look at and study about bees, the daily life of bees, and how honey is made. This is scientifically sound, so it feels safe to teach from it.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, poetry, nature

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2010

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