The Honeybee

Category: Book
Illustrated By: Arsenault, Isabelle
By (author): Hall, Kirsten
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Insects, Spiders, etc.
  JUVENILE FICTION / General
  JUVENILE FICTION / Nature & the Natural World / General (see also headings unde
  JUVENILE FICTION / Stories in Verse (see also Poetry)
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Published: May 2018
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 48
Size: 11.00in x 8.75in x 0.50in
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$ 23.99
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From The Publisher*Buzz from flower to flower with a sweet honeybee in this timely, clever, and breathtakingly gorgeous picture book from critically acclaimed author Kirsten Hall and award-winning illustrator Isabelle Arsenault.

Bzzz…

What's that?
Do you hear it?
You're near it.
It's closer,
it's coming,
it's buzzing,
it's humming…

A BEE!

With zooming, vibrant verse by Kirsten Hall and buzzy, beautiful illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault, this celebration of the critically important honeybee is a honey-sweet treasure of a picture book.
Review Quote** "In bouncy, lilting verse and vibrant, inviting artwork, this ode to the humble honeybee is dripping with charm.... Hall's lively lines skitter around Arsenault's warm, honey-colored illustrations.... With occasional speech balloons and delightfully expressive gestures, the bees mirror the gleeful tone of the poem.... Arsenault's scenes are a captivating mixture of smudgy charcoals, soft yellows, and fluoresecent oranges, combining crisp shapes with more abstract figures. The entertaining tone and freewheeling art are a pure joy, but there's plenty of science here, too, and a closing note about the importance of bees to our ecosystem brings the point home. Boisterously written, gorgeously illustrated, and sneakily educational."
Review Quote*"Children will be buzzing to learn more about honeybees after reading this story. Hall takes her readers on a sunny romp through a springtime pasture abuzz with friendly honeybees in this bright and cheerful picture book. Hall's rhyme scheme is inviting and mirrors the staccato sounds of a bee buzzing... the vocabulary is on-point as the bees demonstrate the various stages of nectar collection and honey creation. Arsenault's illustrations, a combination of ink, gouache, graphite, and colored pencil, are energetic and cheerful.... A sensible choice for read-alouds and STEAM programs. Readers (and listeners) will think that this book is the bee's knees."
Review Quote*"The plight of the endangered honeybee is the raison d'être of this story.... Dominated by golden hues punctuated with splashes of neon yellow, the airy mixed-media art by Arsenault (Cloth Lullaby) helps kids decipher the goings-on, in and out of the hive. Tips on how to help preserve the bee population follow the story."
Review Quote*"Hall celebrates honeybees with a lyrical poem... well-crafted rhyming couplets beg to be read aloud. Set on gloriously illustrated pages and nicely paced, the text appears to be hand printed in varying fonts, becoming part of Arsenault's light and lively illustrations.... While the narrative and illustrations will appeal to very young listeners, the back matter, which touches on current threats, seems addressed to older children, suggesting ways in which they can help honeybees survive. VERDICT: A sweet success."