Did you know that “one out of every three mouthfuls of food in the American diet is, in some way, a product of honeybee pollination”? I certainly did not!!!!
Out just last week, Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera (Neal Porter Books / Holiday House), written by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Eric Rohmann, is an absolutely lovely book about Apis, a honeybee.
Rohmann’s oil paintings are just stunning! They really allow readers to get personal with Apis. The oversized illustrations take on a photographic quality that nature lovers will just love! As you know, whether or not I want to frame any of the illustrations in a book is my litmus test. And Honeybee‘s illustrations pass with flying colors! I especially love the illustration in which Apis is on a purple flower!
Flieming’s details are quite specific, perfect for a read aloud to elementary school students. Those a bit overwhelmed with the dense language will still be able to learn a lot from the pictures.
I also love the nonfiction features in the text: a labeled diagram with captions, a section with more information about honeybees, and a list of references for those who want to do more learning!
A perfect book for science lovers you know, Honeybee earns four stars. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️