Beehive
Beehive
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Beehive

Written and illustrated by Jorey Hurley
Published by Simon and Schuster-Paula Wiseman Books
Prices as of Oct 14

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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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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    School Library Journal
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    Joan Kindig
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    "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."

    Kirkus
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    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
9781481470032
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.
Page Count
40
Reading Age
3 - 7 years
ASIN/ISBN 10
1481470035

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Depth Score - 21%

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