The Secret Life of Bees: Meet the Bees of the World, with Buzzwing the Honey Bee

Quarto/words & pictures. Apr. 2021. 48p. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9780711260511.
Gr 1-4–Buzzwing the honeybee guides readers through a beautiful introduction to the world of bees. Colorful illustrations of bees in their natural habitat accompany a plethora of information about the insect’s life cycle, honey making, types of bees, bee behavior, and predators. Six folktales are shared throughout the text, providing history and cultural perspective of bees around the world. Additionally, several pages ask readers to find hidden pictures. The information is thorough, and the illustrations keep the book playful and enticing. The folktales come from all over the world and the people depicted reflect that same diversity. While the folktales are a nice addition and add a new angle not seen in other bee books, the short retellings lack the details needed to create captivating stories. The look-and-find game will appeal to youngsters and the artwork will have readers pulling the book off the shelf. This is an information-rich book, with full-page illustrations and folktales that kids will enjoy.
VERDICT For collections that need books about bees, this title will fly off the shelf.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing