The Bee Book: Book Review

Bee, Buzzing Bees: Think you know everything there is to know about the humble bee? 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

Classification: Non-Fiction
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!)

My Thoughts
This book I planned to review in a week or so but my older brother really loves bees and really wants to read this one as well - so here I am reviewing it!

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!

"This book is a hook."

I can definitely see this book in the classroom - it really extends out the learning of a bee 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!


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  1. We love DK educational books and I'm teaching my daughter more about our wildlife at the moment - tying it into our allotment. Will have to check this one out x

  2. Sim @ Sims life22 March 2018 at 06:32

    What a lovely book! So many people are afraid of bees and there is no need to be, they simply bumble along :) Sim x

  3. butterflymum8322 March 2018 at 08:48

    This sounds like such a unique book. Honey bees are so fascinating and I think my son would love learning about this at school.

  4. Ger ( It's Me & Ethan)22 March 2018 at 09:50

    Oh this does look really educational but in a fun way, which is why I too can see it in a classroom . I think my youngest son would really enjoy this ! Thanks for sharing another great book !

  5. Beth @ BethinaBox.com22 March 2018 at 13:33

    Oh this looks fascinating. My animal obsessed kids would love this. :)

  6. This sounds great for anyone who is into bees! I don't know a lot about bees but Im sure I would after reading this!

  7. Kat Eat.Love.Live23 March 2018 at 01:52

    I’m always on the lookout for great educational books. This one looks fab! X

  8. Steph Renovation Bay-Bee23 March 2018 at 14:59

    Sounds a lovely book, really informative and love that they could take their new knowledge outside to experience it

  9. nightwisprav3n24 March 2018 at 08:23

    What a great educational book! And it will teach our young ones a whole new respect for the bee. I will have to try to pick this one up:)