Published by DK Children
Summary: What’s the buzz about bees? This book seeks to answer this and quite a few more questions like “Where does honey come from?”, “What would we do without bees?”, and “What can you do to help?”. Turns out the whole “busy as a bee” thing is real; you might appreciate that spoonful of honey more when you know it’s the lifetime’s work of 12 honeybees (a jar of honey represents 55,000 miles of flying). Why should humans be concerned about the disappearance of bees? One-third of our food comes from crops pollinated by animals. Scientists are working to develop a robot bee, but it’s not quite the same, is it? Activities at the end include making a bee hotel and planting a garden to help bees in their pollination efforts. 48 pages; grades K-5.
Pros: Interesting information combined with lots of graphics make this an appealing choice to learn more about all kinds bees, with a focus on honeybees.
Cons: The whole bee situation is a lot more serious than I realized.