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A taste of honey
Wallace, Nancy Elizabeth.
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Publication Information:
Delray Beach, FL : Winslow Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
A little bear and her father trace the origins of honey from the jar all the way back to the bees that first produced it.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.6 0.5 62124.
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SF539 .W35 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SF539 .W35 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SF539 .W35 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SF539 .W35 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Lily opens the honey jar. "Where does honey come from?" the curious girl asks her father. With one simple question leading to another, Lily and Poppy retrace the path of a tasty spoonful of honey -- back to the bees themselves!

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Booklist Review

Ages 4^-7. As Lily, a little bear, eats a honey sandwich, she asks Poppy, "Where does honey come from?" His answer, "Out of this jar," doesn't quite satisfy her, so she asks, "But . . . before that?" Each answer, from Mike's Market to the delivery truck to the honey farm to the honey extractor to the honeycomb to the hive to the nectar, leads to another probing "Before that?" Finally, when Lily has exhausted Poppy's knowledge, if not his patience, she answers her own question in the only way that satisfies her: "Bees!" Sometimes information--for example, an illustrated section on beekeepers' clothing--is added in smaller type for children with greater interest or a longer attention span, but younger preschoolers will listen quite happily to the tale of the determined cub's investigation. With their clean lines and vibrant colors, Wallace's delightful cut-paper collages illustrate the story with a cheerfully childlike look. A picture book well designed to explain and entertain. --Carolyn Phelan

Publisher's Weekly Review

Lily the cub has a sticky question for her Poppy: "Where does honey come from?" Poppy tries to quell Lily's inquisitiveness with the most obvious reply, "Well, we just spooned it out of this jar." But by book's end, Lily's recurring refrains of "Before that?" have taken her and Poppy back through every step of honey production, all the way to the hive of apis mellifera (Latin for honeybee). Informative sidebars substantiate each of Poppy's concise responses; for instance, the spread that explains, "It was whirled around and around in a honey extractor," shows a diagram of an extractor with its parts clearly labeled. Wallace's (Apples, Apples, Apples) cut-paper illustrations also detail the netting of a beekeeper's hat, the pattern of the worker-bee dances that lead their fellow workers to a hive, and the bees themselves, their bold yellow and black stripes offset by gauzy wings. She thus conveys a wealth of information (even the Japanese, Swahili and Indonesian words for honey appear on a final spread). Though the design occasionally distracts from the information presented, Wallace strikes a balance between packing visual wallop and collecting fascinating factoids. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-A delightful and informative picture book illustrated with colorful, 3-D quality paper cutouts. Young Lily Bear asks her father where honey comes from and he backtracks through all of the stages, back to the bee. Poppy explains it all to Lily as she asks question after question in typical preschool fashion. The text is brief yet full of interesting detail, using sidebars for additional facts. The clear, clean images further extend the descriptions. A honey game and a facts page round out the presentation. Whether readers learn to say "honey" in Swahili (asali) or Russian (myot), this is an irresistible addition to any bookshelf.-Janet M. Bair, Trumbull Library, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.