⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera Written by Candace Fleming and Illustrated by Eric Rohmann

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. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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