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I ordered “Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera” immediately after reading its positive review by the inestimable beekeeper, Kim Flottum, in the May 2020 issue of "Bee Culture." My three-year old great grandson Charlie who is an aspiring beekeeper and I were not disappointed. “Honeybee…” is lavishly illustrated with beautiful art, and the accompanying dialogue is insightful with lessons on the life cycle of honey bees. The book also includes a useful two-page diagram of the bee’s body parts and two pages of reference material. My only somewhat critical comment deals with the use of ‘nest” by the authors. Although it may be technically correct, the term “nest” is usually associated with wasps, hornets, chickens, and the hateful yellow jackets. “Colony” and “hive” are the words more commonly used by beekeepers to describe honey bees. I also prefer “honey bee” over “honeybee.” As a certified North Carolina beekeeper with seven years’ experience, I wholeheartedly recommend this superb book to the general public, to folks with small children, and even to experienced beekeepers.
This book absolutely took my breath away. As a *cough, cough* year-old woman, I was surprised by how much I DIDN'T know about the honeybee. The lyrical language and jaw-dropping illustrations make this a book you'll want to read over and over again.