Buzz about Bees
Winters, Kari-Lynn. Buzz about Bees. Markham, Ontario: Fitzhenry & Whiteside (2013). ISBN10: 1554552028; ISBN13: 9781554552023. Hardcover, 32 pages, ages 7+. Classified “Juvenile Nonfiction/Animals/Insects” & “/Animals/Endangered.”
Imagine a world without bees. Not only would it be less colourful — with fewer wildflowers and flowering plants — it would be less fruitful as well. A world without bees would mean a world where the food supply would be significantly diminished. Global bee researcher Laurence Packer estimates that bees are responsible for 1/3 of our food supply.
Buzz About Bees is the latest addition to the series that includes Lowdown on Earthworms and follows the same formula offering an in-depth look at an endangered and vital part of the natural world.
Accompanying information about the history, social structure and science behind the world of bees and honey are conservation activities to make the world a place where hives of bees can thrive. See this book’s table of contents.
- “Books for children: New titles explore the great outdoors,” by Brenda Hoerle, in The Record (May 03 2013), online at therecord.com:
Seeing snow and a mosquito in the same week just isn’t right. But temperatures have climbed since last week, thankfully.
To celebrate, here’s are some spring reads that will complement your children’s desire to be outdoors enjoying the start of a new season:
The essential contribution bees make to our environment — thanks to their keen pollination skills — is described in Buzz About Bees (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, $19.95 hardcover).
The decline of honeybees due to colony collapse disorder is what inspired St. Catharines author Kari-Lynn Winters to draw attention to this topic.
As she writes: “Fewer bees means smaller harvests and higher food prices.” She even references Albert Einstein’s claim that, “If bees disappeared, humans would have only four years left to live.”
This book has marvellous close-ups, fascinating facts and suggestions to boost the number of busy bees in your backyard. It’s a great read for ages seven and up.
They were living on Earth some 300 million years before the dinosaurs came along and today dragonflies can be found in forests, fields — and even in your backyard. In fact, the Globe Skimmer species lives on every continent except Antarctica.
Online bee resources
Book Reference List for Further Bee Research:
- Buchmann, S. (2006). Letters From the Hive. New York: Bantam.
- Fisher, R. (2010). Bee. New York: Princeton Architectural Press.
- Griffin, B. (1993). The Orchard Mason Bee. Bellingham, WA: Knox Cedars Publishing.
- Packer, L. (2010). Keeping the Bees: Why All Bees Are At Risk And What We Can Do To Save Them. Toronto: Harper Collins.
- Pundyk, G. (2008). The Honey Trail. New York: St. Marten’s Press.
- Winston, M. (1987). The Biology of the Honey Bee. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Other Book Resources for Children:
- Burns, L. (2010). The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
- Cole, J. & Degen, B. (1996). The Magic School Bus: Inside A Beehive. New York: Scholastic Press.
- Howard, F. (2005). Bumble Bees. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press.
- Rotner, S. & Woodhull, A. (2010). The Buzz On Bees: Why Are They Disappearing? New York: Holiday House.
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