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Written and illustrated by Jorey Hurley
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Goodreads Rating - 4.0 / 5.0
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What Does Bookroo Think of Beehive

“An oversimplified lesson and portrayal of bees, best for bee lovers.”

Bees buzz through these pages delicately displaying information about bees in a simplified, introductory way with one descriptive word every few pages—such as “explore,” “build,” “pollinate,” “guard,” and “sting.” The limited text flows well throughout the book, providing a story in the life of the bees paired with flat, digital illustrations that further express the activities of the bees. Through their simplified form, the illustrations clearly portray the information presented in the book using mostly soft, muted colors mixed with bright honey and bold fall leaves. The blossoms on the trees and bees laying their eggs are the most notable illustrations, though all of the landscaping complements the bees and their actions. The single words adorning every few pages elicit the opportunity to talk about bees and create an easily attainable memorization of the story. As a whole, while a pleasant overview about bees and their activities, the book is quite oversimplified by the limited use of text, leaving this picture book wanting, devoid of more engaging substance and better suited to a board book format. This book will be most enjoyed by those curious about bees and honey.

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Publisher Summary

Acclaimed author Jorey Hurley shows us how bees make and store honey in this bold and graphic picture book that includes informative backmatter on the process.

With just one word on each page and the vivid illustrations Joey Hurley is known for, Beehive showcases the cycle of bees making honey. Detailed backmatter further explains this fascinating natural process.

What Kind of Book is Beehive

Illustration Style:
digital media

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • This book simply and clearly shows different things bees do. Did you learn anything new while reading?

  • When the skunk comes looking for honey, the bees sting the skunk. Have you ever been stung by a bee?

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Who Wrote Beehive

author & illustrator
Jorey Hurley

Jorey Hurley studied art history at Princeton, received her law degree at Stanford, and studied design at FIT. She worked as a textile designer for Hable Construction in New York City and is now based in San Francisco, where she lives with her husband and their two small children. Nest, her debut, was called “stunning” in a starred review from School Library Journal. Fetch, her second book, was called a “delight” by Publishers Weekly in a starred review. She is also the author of Every Color Soup and Skyscraper. Visit her at

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Jorey Hurley's Book Dedication

for Alder and Holden

What Do Critics Say About Beehive

  • Joan Kindig - The School Library Journal

    “This is a must-buy for all libraries. It’s an appealing introduction to science, ecosystems, and how even the smallest of creatures can matter enormously to our lives.”

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  • Kirkus Reviews

    For all the graphic simplicity of Hurley’s images (gardeners will be scratching their heads as to the specific types of some of these flowers), her depiction of bee behavior is accurate.

    Simple, beautiful, surprisingly accurate.

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Book Details

ISBN 10:
ISBN 13:
Publication Date:
January 7, 2020
Text Details:
The text for this book was set in Goldenbook.
Illustration Details:
The illustrations for this book were rendered in Photoshop.