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Author: Huber, Raymond
Illustrator: Lovelock, Brian
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Year Published: 2013
ISBN: 9780763676483
Grades: Grade 2, Grade 3

Flight of the Honey Bee

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Part of a series of ‘Read and Wonder’ books, this book tells the story of a honey bee’s flight in rich prose, interspersed with intriguing facts about bees.  This story follows the account of a scout, who heads out in search of nectar. It addresses the challenges and importance of honey bees in today’s world. The changing roles of a honey bee from cleaner, babysitter, builder, guard, scout and harvester are explained simply and clearly. Even those acquainted with honey bees will discover many ‘sweet’ details that will fill readers with wonder.
The rich descriptive vocabulary used to tell the ‘story’ of a honey’s flight are matched by the equally colourful, warm illustrations, created in watercolours, acrylic ink and coloured pencils.  The descriptive text and informational text are different fonts, allowing readers to easily switch from narrative to expository reading. A small “Save the Bees!” explains steps to ensure the survival of honey bees and an easy to follow index make it ideal for animal research/inquiry projects. The book provides an introduction for primary readers moving from narrative to expository texts. It would provide an excellent model for upper elementary students for descriptive and/or expository writing. This book could be used with classical music, Flight of the Bumblebee by Rimsky-Kor, and creative dance to reenact the flight of this scout honeybee.
Ideal for curriculum  study  and readability for Grade 2 Science: Small Flying and Crawling Animals and Grade 3 Science: Animal Life Cycles.

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