The Honeybee Man

The Honeybee Man

eBook - 2012
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"Eccentric and unusual with an appealing, gentle charm," raves Kirkus Reviews, in a starred review.Every morning, Fred climbs three flights of stairs--up to his rooftop in Brooklyn, New York--and greets the members of his enormous family: "Good morning, my bees, my darlings!" His honeybee workers are busy--they tend the hive, feed babies, and make wax rooms. They also forage in flowers abloom across Brooklyn... so that, one day, Fred can make his famous honey, something the entire neighborhood looks forward to tasting. Lela Nargi's beautifully written story--accompanied by Kyrsten Brooker's collage-style illustrations--offers an inside look at the life of an endearing beekeeper and the honey-making process.A Junior Library Guild Selection, a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year, a Cook Prize Honor Book, and a NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book.From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: 2012
ISBN: 9780307982476
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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debwalker Jun 18, 2011

"After his early-morning cup of tea, Fred, a.k.a. The Honeybee Man, opens a trap door on the third floor of his Brooklyn house and climbs out onto the roof. From this vantage point, he surveys the quiet city around him: “Brownstones and linden trees, a tall clock tower, and bridges in the distance.” On the roof, though, there is, “another, tiny city. It has three houses, each with two white stories and one red story, and inside thousands of tiny rooms made of wax.”

All appears to be quiet in the houses of this small city, but Fred knows otherwise. Inside those buildings, those hives, Queen bees Mab, Nefertiti and Boadicea rule their city states of thousands of worker bees. “Good morning, my bees, my darlings!” Fred cries.

As the morning progresses and the city around him awakens, Fred watches his bees leave the hive in search of all that city gardens have to offer – nectar from sweet peas and squash blossoms, sage flowers and linden flowers. So charming a companion is our Honeybee Man, so intriguing are his mental and physical peregrinations, that the reader may not really cotton on to the fact that he or she is on a learning mission: By the end of this, he or she will have learned almost all that needs to be known about beekeeping, honey-making and honey harvesting.

Alberta resident Kyrsten Brooker’s collage-and-oil illustrations, expansive and at times surreal, play no small part in the visual and gustatory delights between the covers of the book. Even the endpapers, with their diagrams of bees, cross-sections of flowers and beehives offer their own opportunities for the stealth learning."
Susan Perren
Globe and Mail June 17 2011

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