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Begin with a bee

by Ketchum, Liza, 1946-

Format: Print Book 2021
Availability: Available at 10 Libraries 10 of 12 copies
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A Chicago Public Library's Best Informational Books for Younger Readers selection

Begin with a Bee and its story of the life of one queen bee, a rusty-patched bumblebee, teaches us not only about bees but also about our own responsibilities in the natural world

By looking closely at the life cycle of one bee, Begin with a Bee helps readers of all ages understand and appreciate the contributions and significance of all bees. The life cycle of the rusty-patched bumblebee is a tale of wonder, the adventure of one queen bee who carries an entire colony of bees inside her tiny body. Her story begins in the spring when she emerges from a hole in the ground to search for pollen. She finds a nest, "underground best," lays a few eggs, and seals them in pollen. All summer this single queen lays more eggs, and more worker bees hatch. They gather pollen and maintain the colony until next year's queen hatches in the fall.

The queen bee's life unfolds through Claudia McGehee's captivating illustrations. The authors--three beloved and prolific writers of award-winning children's books--impart the poetry and basic science of the rusty-patched bumblebee, the first bee to appear on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Endangered Species list.

Extensive commentary at the end of the book offers suggestions for being a friend to bees as well as a good citizen of the natural world. It also introduces the native plants that bumblebees need for survival. Begin with a Bee might inspire a child (or any of us) to seek out, identify, even cultivate these essential flowers--and participate in the next chapter in the story of all bumblebees.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "All winter long, a queen bee lives in a hole in the ground, and inside her body (which is less than an inch long) is "everything she needs to create a whole colony of bees." Gradually, the ground warms in spring, and the bee flies from flower to flower, eating pollen and nectar, finding a nesting place, and laying eggs. The hatchlings go through larval and pupal stages and then emerge as female worker bees, tending to the queen, keeping the nest clean, and collecting food. In late summer, male drones and future queens emerge and find mates from other rusty-patched colonies. After the first frost, most bees die, but those queens will hibernate underground, ready to start colonies next spring. The text is succinct but informative, and its focus broadens from one bee to many as the narrative progresses. The back matter includes more facts about the species and tips for helping bees. The illustrations, detailed scratchboard artwork brightened with watercolor washes, illustrate the science while reflecting the changing seasons. A handsome introduction to an endangered bumblebee."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Bees -- Juvenile literature.
Bees -- Life cycles -- Juvenile literature.
Publisher Minneapolis :2021
Contributors Martin, Jacqueline Briggs, author.
Root, Phyllis, author.
McGehee, Claudia, 1963- illustrator.
Audience Ages 7; Grades K-1.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 x 29 cm
ISBN 9781517908041
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