Bee to Honey
Bee to Honey
Honey is made by honeybees. People who raise bees for honey are called beekeepers. They keep bees in containers called hives. Beekeepers can own one or many hives.
A hive has several layers. When a beekeeper checks a hive, he or she wears special clothes to protect themselves from bee stings.
Bees to Honey is part of the “Where Food Comes From” series. The series follows the standard nonfiction format, including a table of contents, glossary, and index. Many large, colourful photos and illustrations support simple, large-sized text.
Bees to Honey explains how bees collect nectar and turn it into honey, and how the honey is collected by beekeepers so that we can eat it. Chapters include “Busy Bees”, “Inside the Hive”, “Collecting the Honey”, and “The Importance of Bees”.
The text is simple but includes appropriate vocabulary to explain some important concepts.
Wonder Word: Pollen
Pollen is a powder made by the male part of a flower called the stamen. Bees feed pollen to their young.
On the copyright page is found: “Thank you to Colchester beekeeper, Alan Hayden-Case, for his help with this book”. This is a nice way of personalizing the real people that do this work.
Bees to Honey ends with a chapter about the importance of bees. The role that bees play in the pollination of many fruits and vegetables that we eat is explained. “Without bees, less plants would grow, and we could face a shortage of food.”
Bees to Honey is very attractively laid out with age-appropriate information about the role bees and beekeepers play in providing us with honey. This simple presentation will help young students connect more closely with where their food comes from.
Dr. Suzanne Pierson instructs Librarianship courses at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.