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In The Trees, Honeybees

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In The Trees, Honeybees 
by Lori Mortensen (Author), Cris Arbo (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 4-8 
School Library Binding: 32 pages
Publisher: Dawn Publications (CA)

(an accelerated reader title)

This inside-the-hive view of a wild colony of honeybees offers close-up views of the queen, the cells, even bee eggs. The reader is left with admiration for the remarkable lives of honeybees, whether in the hive or in the field.

  • Skipping Stones Honor Award

  • CBC/NSTA Science Trade Book

  • Disney's iParenting Media Award

  • The National Izaak Walton League Book Of The Year Award

  • The Moonbeam Children's Book Award, Silver

  • Mom's Choice Award, Gold

  • Florida Reading Association Children's Book Award Nominee


- Reviewer: Suzanne Flynn, National Science Teachers Association -
Vibrant colors, lyrical rhyming couplets, and accurate science all make this NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for 2010 ideal to share with younger students. By peeking inside a tree, you can watch a wild colony of honey bees working together, each doing a specific job. The illustrations, supplemental text, and photos at the end of the book will lure stronger readers and more curious young scientists back again and again.
Despite its target audience, both text and illustrations have been rated highly accurate by biologists and beekeepers. Teachers will use this book to illustrate life cycles, model good observational skills before nature walks, and encourage enthusiastic informational reading. The book includes a supplemental bibliography and list of websites for teachers and students. 

- From Ann Harman, President, Virginia State Beekeepers Assn., -
"...truly a beauty ... This book is sheer enjoyment for all ages."

- From Liz Rosenberg, Boston Globe -
".., a close-up look at the lives of honey bees in a nice new oversize paperback edition. Cris Arbo's big, bright illustrations are in the spirit of fine old botanical prints, lovely. ." 

- From Lori Titus, "The Bee Lady", - 
I consider it an excellent book... well-designed for a wide range of reading abilities.... I cannot speak highly enough of the illustrations."

- From Eric Brown, Beekeeper, Milk & Honey Farm - 
"It's rare, very rare, to see children's books about bees that portray bees in a simple, fun-spirited, child-accessible way without falling into misinformation and misrepresentations. I love all the artwork!" 

- From Kirkus Reviews -
"Simple rhymes and striking full-bleed illustrations introduce the daily lives of honeybees to very young readers and listeners. Arbo's detailed paintings show vistas of a bucolic farm visited by oversized honeybees, glorious flowers, and close-ups of a hive inside a tree." 

- From Kim Hutmacher, Chicken Spaghetti - 
"This book would make a nice addition to any classroom unit on insects, the honeybee life cycle or animal families." 

- From M.A. Butler, Artist, Author, Educator, (N Hollywood, CA) - 
"This little book is a gem-the colors are so vibrant, and I just love the artwork. I really appreciate it when a children's book also has appeal for the adult who is reading it aloud, over, and over, and over, again! This one's a classic!" 

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