The Honeybee — 18 Comments

  1. You will want to ‘reach into’ this book and slide your hands along the flowers and Bright Yellow/Orange POLLEN you see—- the bees are busily working on so many things—this books takes you through the adventures of a BEE> )))))))) 4 of 5 stars.

  2. I enjoyed this book very much. The illustrations were charming, and the poetry presented the information in a memorable way. It would be a great one to use as an introduction to bees and to pair with another nonfiction book with photographs of bees as well as a more detailed explanation of their life cycle. I don’t typically enjoy nonfiction in verse, but I thought this book did a nice job.

  3. I know several teachers I would recommend this book to first thing this school year. It is a wonderful mixed of science and poetry. I could use it in my poetry units or as an introduction to an art project I have planned. We have a couple of teachers who are bee keepers so I see guest speakers in the near future visiting! I also have ideas for including this in an endangered animals book display.

  4. The illustrations and lyrical text were captivating. I like that actually information was presented in a story format that would hold the attention of young readers. We have a local beekeeper and honey maker in our town so it would be fun to put this book together with a field trip, visit, or other experience.

  5. This book will be a welcome addition to our pollinator unit that we teach in the fall. It is very different from any other book we use for the unit, with it being part cartoonish and part factual. Clearly, it would be used in conjunction with several other books about bees that have different formats. I can imagine that the way the book is illustrated and the text of the story would make the book very engaging for first graders.4/5

  6. Great book about the work of the honeybee. I loved the illustrations and easy to read out loud text.
    I would include this book in a unit on endangered animals. Great way to introduce the unit and have students realize that not just rhinos and elephants are endangered so are bees and butterflies. I would think most students have an awareness of honeybees, making for a good connection to their world. The section in the back teaching how to “be helpful” is a great resource.
    5/5 stars

  7. I am perplexed as to why this book was included in the nonfiction section of our list. While it does convey pieces of information about the activities of a honeybee, informing the reader does not seem to be the author’s purpose, and in fact the author refers to it as a story in the backmatter (and the CIP information also categorizing it as fiction).
    That being said, this book has many great qualities. Many of my students will have eaten honey but never given a thought to where that honey came from. The author’s background as a teacher is evident, as she deftly combines playfulness and sharing information with readers. As a teacher I enjoy sharing books with students that show life cycles or growth cycles and I liked how we come back to spring in the end of the book to see the beginning of the next cycle. We read a book about the process to make maple syrup so this might be a good pairing with that to see how the bees make the honey.
    I agree with an earlier post that for our youngest readers, it would be fun after reading the book to act like a honeybee and do some of the actions given in the book. We talk about movement lines when we read Mo Willems’ books so I also liked the lines at the beginning of the book showing the bee’s path through the pages before we met the bee. I also think that the illustrator’s choice of neon for the pollen really stood out.

  8. I very much enjoyed this lyrical book with its’ cute illustrations. I like that there was a lot of information packed into short lines. I could see this book used in literacy to create a lesson on the differences between onomatopoeia and verbs. I could also see it used as a mentor text for writing with an emphasis on word choice. I also have a National Geographic book that I have used in the past that I paired with Patricia Polocco’s “The Bee Tree”. I could see adding this book and doing a compare and contrast with the two non-fiction texts while also drawing out the characteristic of persistence and working hard with both honeybees and Mary Ellen in Polocco’s book. I would add this one to my collection.

  9. I really enjoyed how this book took a narrative approach while still remaining factual. I learned a lot about the honeybee and the process of making honey even though this book isn’t categorized as children’s nonfiction. I also loved the illustrations of the happy working bees who radiate positivity and seem to be enjoying life to the fullest. Of course the reader is going to side with the bees and do everything possible to protect the troubled bee population!

    I think this book would be an especially valuable addition to a garden club or beekeeping programming for children. I could see garden club members gaining a lot of enthusiasm over the things they choose to plant, caring for their garden, and just general excitement when they see a bee notice their garden.

    Overall rating: 4.5/5 stars

  10. A great story of how honey is made and of the importance of the honeybee. It gets into detail unlike many other books and with the elaborate and colorful illustrations a complicated process is made easy to understand for 2-3 graders. I would use this with our study of the honeybee and as an introduction before our beekeeper comes to visit. There is a lot of information in the book so I might use it as a reference book as well as a read aloud.

  11. This book seemed very informative, cute, and at the students’ level. I just didn’t seem to get into it. I could use it in our science unit about plants. When the bees were covered in pollen, I rubbed my finger across the pollen. I thought maybe it would feel different. It didn’t, but I thought how fun it would have been if the patches of pollen had been fuzzy to make it seem more real.

  12. I love nature, bees, and helping the natural pollination process. I enjoyed the illustrations, but for some reason I was not impressed with the book. I would put it in my personal library, but don’t think I would use it as a read aloud. I don’t really have a good reason for my opinion, it just didn’t grab me like other books. It may be a book that grows on me the more I read it. I give it a 3/5.

  13. Beelieve it! Kirsten Hall has over 100 published books and her own publishing company! To build background knowledge, for the Honeybee, it would be fabulous to bring in a bee box and perhaps a live visit from a beekeeper. Check out the local farmer’s market! Also has several short high quality videos on bees. I would also share Kirsten’s letter at the back first! I would turn her letter into a slideshow with real-life images. The dedication could be the springboard for research projects on other endangered creatures here in our Minnesota. A website for the most endangered animals in each state with a bee on the cover is: A wonderful new picture book to connect with THE HONEYBEE that is humorous is PLEASE PLEASE THE BEES by Gerald Kelley in which the bees go on strike. 5/5 stars.

  14. I am a huge fan of bees so I loved this book. The colors were bright and it was lyrical and poetic and but also shared accurate information about bees and how they make honey. I especially appreciated the “Dear Reader” page at the back of the book with the suggestions of how to “bee helpful.” The list is good and practical ides of things that children can actually do and make a difference. I would use this book in my pollinator storytime. For curriculum use, it’s a great introduction to bees and could be used to lead into further research and discussion of why bees are so important and what we can do to protect them. This would make a great classroom read aloud because the text begs to be read out loud. I’m not sure it’s quite as enjoyable as a solo read but the words said aloud are fun.
    4/5 stars

  15. My favorite part of this book was the whimsical, charming illustrations! The book is full of a wealth of information about honeybees, in language like a song. The letter to the reader is icing on the cake. It really informs the reader about the critical importance of honeybees and what an amazing creature they actually are. There is so much potential for active involvement during this read aloud. Children can fly, waggle and wiggle and tremble and jiggle! There are details to look for and discuss and great vocabulary to explore. I give this awesome book 5/5 stars.

  16. I liked this book. The illustrations where great. I would tie this into sequence. Following steps in a process to completion. I also thought it brought across teamwork and everyone having a job to do. I thought outside the box a little that the bee needed the nectar and the nectar for my students is their learning. If we work hard to gather enough nectar the honey at the end will be sweet.

    rating 4/5 stars

  17. I really enjoyed this book. Great way to explain the process of making honey. I know many students would love this book and the story. The way the author talks about he process was great, but also the way the bees are talking to one another is fun.
    The illustrations were amazing! I especially liked how the bright orange showed the pollen and the flowers.
    I would use this book with others to teach a class about bees and how important they are. I would take it into writing and have students write about how they can help bees and how to protect them.
    It would also be fun to all share how they eat or use honey in their own lives.
    I give this book 4/5 stars

    • I didn’t really like the book although the illustrations were cute. It does explain how honey is made but it doesn’t really fit with any of our topics in any of our grade levels. A good addition to the library though. I would give it a 7 because the sequencing is good.