Beehive by Jorey Hurley

Published by Simon and Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books

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Summary:  With only one word per page, Jorey Hurley’s illustrations portray the steps of creating a beehive and making honey.  The bees swarm and explore until they find a large hollow tree where they can build their hive.  Eggs are laid, the larvae are fed, and eventually new workers join the hive. They collect nectar from flowers in a nearby field, pollinating as they go, then return to the hive to make honey.  A final page explains what is going on in the illustrations, with each word from the story in all caps to show how it fits into the narrative. 40 pages; ages 3-7.

Pros:  Jorey Hurley’s distinctive books introduce the scientific world to kids in a way that is understandable for even the youngest readers.  The Photoshop illustrations are beautiful, with a distinctive palette that repeats throughout the book. The simple one-word pages convey a surprising amount of information.

Cons:  There are no additional resources listed.

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