Bees: Think you know everything there is to know? Think again because this book has all the facts and nothing but the facts (including some I didn’t know)!
Title: The Bee Book
Author: Charlotte Milner
Illustrator: Charlotte Milner
ISBN: 9781465465535 Language: English
Themes: bees, cause and effect, human impact
What’s it about?
This non-fiction book tackles everything you ever needed to know about honeybees. It includes their life-cycle, roles, behaviours, and importance to the environment.
Such fun illustrations that are engaging, bright, colourful – wonderful. The text has a strange (but good) ring to it as you read it that makes it easy going – very basic language also makes it easy to understand for young children.
What about other bees? Do they get a book, too? (Just kidding!)
The first thing I noted about this book is that it’s a DK one – those that follow will know I just love the non-fiction books that DK publish – they are usually well organised and packed with information in a way that children love!
This book is different – there are no photographs but I have to say this is one of the most enjoyable non-fiction books I have ever read. It’s a bit quirky and a bit fun – but I couldn’t put it down. Now, I consider myself fairly knowledgeable about bees (having been a specialist science teacher) but I have to say – there were a few facts in there that I didn’t know!
I can definitely see this book in the classroom – it really extends out the learning of bees from the basic life-cycle that is all too often dragged out to the moans of kids. This book is a hook – it’s going to get the children in the class leaning forward, listening in anticipation, and then bugging you with a thousand questions…AWESOME!!!
The book is very well organised and flows brilliantly so you also don’t have to read from cover to cover – a chapter a day would be perfect in a classroom. Speaking of chapters – the inclusion of why honeybees are important in the ‘big picture’ is a bonus and really well written – it doesn’t come across as a lecture – it provides helpful suggestions and activities – so there is the possibility of extending a science lesson outside into a gardening and real-life lesson.
Without a doubt this is one book you need in your library!