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Brilliant bees
Glaser, Linda.
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Publication Information:
Brookfield, Conn. : Millbrook Press, 2003.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Simple text and illustrations describe the physical characteristics, habits, and life cycle of the honey bee.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.0 0.5 101247.
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Central Library QL568.A6 G53 2003 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area
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- Bold, graphic artwork perfect for sharing with a group- Familiar species, high-interest natural history topic- Bees are studied in the early elementary curriculum

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Booklist Review

K-Gr. 3. A little girl observes honeybees from a safe distance while explaining to readers how the bees collect nectar, communicate, pollinate flowers, build and protect their hive, make honey, feed the queen bee, and raise their young. Bees, from the writer and illustrator of Spectacular Spiders (1999), features excellent, large-scale pictures in colored pencil. Printed in uneven lines that look like verse, the first-person, large-type text frequently includes poetic rhythm and rhyme. Unpredictable in occurrence and unsatisfying in effect, the poetic elements detract from what would otherwise be a good, simple discussion of bee behavior. Four pages at the end of the book provide informative answers to questions you may have about honeybees. Here the third-person prose is clearly written and the accompanying illustrations, showing the queen, drone, worker, and the four stages of bee development, are first-rate. The clean look of the book and the detailed drawings make this a most attractive first look at bees. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2003 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-In this picture book, a young girl shares her observations on the habits of honeybees. The simply written text briefly describes some distinctive physical and behavioral characteristics of the insects, various functions that the workers and the queen perform within the hive, and their importance as pollinators. Although the narrative is logically organized and clearly written, the sporadic use of rhyme that does not scan well detracts from the otherwise informative presentation. Also included, in smaller print and with a slightly more difficult vocabulary, are four pages of questions and answers-short blocks of text offering related facts plus more detail on previously mentioned topics. The full-color drawings of bees are the book's strength. Most depict the insects close up and are often so detailed that individual hairs on the bees' bodies are visible. Gail Gibbons's The Honey Makers (Morrow, 1997) and Joyce Milton's Honeybees (Grosset & Dunlap, 2003) are excellent introductions for slightly older readers. With its appealing format and simple text, Brilliant Bees will be a useful addition for the picture-book set.-Karey Wehner, formerly at San Francisco Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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