Published by Neal Porter Books
Summary: A new worker bee pushes her way out of her cell on the pages before the title page. Apis Mellifera, or Apis for short, she gives new meaning to the phrase “busy as a bee” as she cleans up the hive, feeds the larvae, cares for the queen, and builds and protects the hive. Finally, on day 25 of her life, she is ready to fly to the fields, where she spends the next ten days collecting nectar from 30,000 flowers before her life is over. As she falls to the ground, back in the next, a new Apis Mellifera emerges from a cell. Includes a detailed diagram of a bee’s anatomy; additional information about bees and how to help them; and additional books and websites for further research. 40 pages; grades 1-5.
Pros: The award-winning team that brought you Giant Squid has created another marvelous nonfiction book. The poetic text, amazingly lifelike illustrations, and extensive back matter make this an outstanding resource for research or reading for enjoyment.
Cons: I started getting impatient for Apis to fly already.