I am now in love with honey bees. Well, not really, but I am just completely fascinated with them. These insects have a complete society, with a hierarchy, building plans, and social network that easily rivals anything I've ever seen before. SO cool!
The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe by Loree Griffin Burns and photographer Ellen Harasimowicz is part of the amazing "Scientists in the Field" series. If you have yet to pick up a book in this series, you must run out to the library now and grab them. Such fantastic information with brilliant photographs.
In this installment, readers are first given a glimpse into a working beehive and what it's like to be a beekeeper. We learn about supplies, including thick gloves, clothing, and the ever-important smoke machine, that are necessary before heading in to tend to the honey bees and their product.
We then move along to Dave Hackenburg and his missing bees. Over 20 million of his honey bees just vanished in 2006, sparking the news stories about missing honey bees all over the place...a huge problem which is continuing today.
Throughout the course of the book, readers get to meet different beekeepers and bee scientists all over the country, all committed to finding out what is causing colony collapse disorder among honey bees. Some are simply trying to make their living bottling honey and others are in it for the scientific angle. All are incredibly intriguing.
Readers learn about the actual bees making the honey, the process of making honey once the bees do their part, possible enemies of the bee, all while viewing beautiful photography by Loree Griffin Burns. A mystery of sorts, that the reader is able to follow along with and continue researching after they finish with this book.
Overall rating: 5 out of 5
Middle grade teachers can use this in a unit on bees or honey, or move a bit outside of the box and use it for an environmental catastrophe unit. Children may not see bees as vital to our environment, but this book definitely will open some eyes and allow kids to see how very important they are.
The Hive Detectives: Chronicles of a Honey Bee Catastrophe
Loree Griffin Burns
Review copy received from publisher
To learn more or to purchase, click on the book cover above to link to Amazon. I am an Associate and will receive a small percentage of the purchase price. Thanks!