Lyrical text just right for young nature lovers describes the life of a typical North American bumblebee queen. Follow the queen as she finds a nest, gathers nectar, lays eggs, and tends her colony through spring, summer, and fall. Scientifically accurate illustrations include captivating details of hive life.
Gr 1-3-Engaging watercolors keep time with a simple, easy-to-read text describing the life cycle of a bumblebee queen, from her awakening from winter hibernation to her death in late autumn. Sayre includes "fact circles" containing extra data on these creatures, a couple of closing paragraphs on bumblebee/honeybee pollinating skills, and respectful human behavior toward bees. Gentle, informative, and appealing, this title is an effective antidote to the edgy world of "killer" bees.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
In the spring, a queen bee digs her way out of the ground and flies
off to drink nectar and search for a home for her colony. She
settles into an old mouse nest, makes a waxy cup for storing
nectar, lays eggs, tends them, and hatches them. After going
through the larval stage, the new bees become workers, drones, and
queens. In the fall, the new queens mate with drones before
burrowing underground for the winter. A dual text conveys the main
facts in large-type words, carefully chosen for sound as well as
meaning. In a smaller font, another paragraph on each page or
double-page spread offers related information in greater detail.
Precise ink drawings with watercolor washes illustrate the text
with clarity, simplicity, and skill. An appended spread includes a
circular illustration of the bee's life cycle as well as more facts
about U.S. bees and pollination, suggested activities, tips on
observing bees, and short lists of recommended books and Web sites.
Informative and attractive.
We join a queen bee as she emerges in spring and begins the
process of colony building and reproduction. She carefully chooses
a nesting site, builds her hive, lays eggs, and cares for the
drones, workers, and new queens that hatch. Sayre tells the bee's
story in the main text and provides additional interesting bee
facts in separate areas. The clear, close-up illustrations depict
the fuzzy bees in their farmland habitat filled with colorful
flowers, trees, and leaves, and include enough detail to help young
readers learn bee and hive structures. The choice to focus on the
queen as the central character is understandable from both
scientific and literary perspectives, though it does mean less
attention paid to the equally important workers and drones. Further
information about bees, including tips on careful observation and
facts about pollination, is appended along with a list of
recommended books and websites.
--The Horn Book Sayre follows the life cycle of a bumblebee queen, as she emerges from her winter shelter, selects an abandoned mouse nest for a colony site, busily tends the first generation of eggs and larvae, then, at summer's end, dies with her workers and drones, while the next generation of queens digs in to wait for spring. Throughout, she inserts additional details in smaller-type rubrics and adds "More Buzz about Bees" and "Good Bee-Havior," at the end. Wynne draws the viewer in to her precisely detailed, close-up natural scenes by posing queen and offspring looking up from the page to make eye contact--but she follows the author in steering clear of anthropomorphic inventions. Capped by a multimedia resource list, this makes nourishing fare for young observers of nature.
--Kirkus Reviews Engaging watercolors keep time with a simple, easy-to-read text describing the life cycle of a bumblebee queen, from her awakening from winter hibernation to her death in late autumn. Sayre includes "fact circles" containing extra data on these creatures, a couple of closing paragraphs on bumblebee/honeybee pollinating skills, and respectful human behavior toward bees. Gentle, informative, and appealing, this title is an effective antidote to the edgy world of "killer" bees.
--School Library Journal