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The Beeman
Krebs, Laurie.
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Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2002]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
In rhyming text, a child describes the work Grandpa does to take care of honeybees and harvest the honey they make.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.3 0.5 65704.
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With rhyming text and warm, expressive paintings, this lovely picture book takes the reader through a year of beekeeping from the point of view of a little girl helping her beloved grandpa, who's known in town as the Beeman. Full-color illustrations.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 2. Beeman takes his granddaughter to his hives, describes the types of bees there, and shows how he extracts the honey. He gives some back to the bees, then takes the rest inside to enjoy on the muffins Grandma bakes. Written from the child's point of view, the first-person text uses the rhyme scheme and rhythm familiar from «This Is the House That Jack Built» but without the cumulative refrain. The verse rolls along gracefully, giving young children a basic introduction to bees and the beekeeping process. Krebs creates a series of appealing, naive paintings of two types: small pictures that show details such as tools and types of bees and larger pictures that focus on Beeman and his granddaughter. The impressionistic paintings of trees not only create beautiful backdrops but also indicate the passage of time through the change of seasons. Teachers looking for picture books that correlate with the science curriculum will find this an attractive choice. Carolyn Phelan.

Publisher's Weekly Review

A girl visits her beekeeping grandfather in The Beeman by Laurie Krebs, illus. by Melissa Iwai. The text-modeled after "The House That Jack Built"-introduces beekeeping equipment and hive hierarchy, and explains the harvesting of honey ("Here are the house bees/ with swift-moving wings/ that dry up the nectar/ a worker bee brings"). (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-A warm, rhyming text about a relationship more than a description of a job. From the cover portrait of a slightly bemused gentleman zipped in a protective jacket to the final illustration of the man and his granddaughter enjoying homemade muffins with fresh honey, readers are introduced to the steps and the equipment involved in caring for the hive and gathering honey. Iwai's large, colorful acrylic illustrations make the setting and characters real and immediate; listeners may feel as though they are working right along with the girl and her grandfather. Bits and pieces of information are shared rather than written as complete explanations. For example, "Here is the smoker/that quiets the bees," gives no clue as to how or why. "Here are his gloves/made of cotton and leather,/protecting his hands/in all kinds of weather" makes no mention of potential stings. Those who want to understand the life of a bee would be better served by Deborah Heiligman's Honeybees (National Geographic, 2002). Krebs's book is a simple, appealing look at one beekeeping season.-Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.