The Bumblebee Queen

The Bumblebee Queen


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250 Species of Bumblebees in the World.

Award-winning author April Pulley Sayre introduces young readers to the bumblebee queen in simple, captivating language. From her underground nest as spring warms the ground, to her efforts to build and care for her colony, all aspects of the bumble- bee queen's lifecycle are fully explained, with fascinating details even young children will understand.

Patricia Wynne’s scientifically accurate illustrations detail hive life so beautifully, you can almost hear the constant buzz and smell the flowers. Young readers will look at bumblebees in a whole new light.

Includes ideas for good bee-havior, suggested reading, and Web sites for further study.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570913631
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Publication date: 07/28/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 539,609
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.14(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

April Pulley Sayre is the award-winning author of dozens of books, including MEET THE HOWLERS!; TURTLE, TURTLE, WATCH OUT!; and ONE IS A SNAIL, TEN IS A CRAB, an ALA Notable Book. She lives in South Bend, Indiana.

Patricia Wynne is a well-known scientific illustrator whose art has been included in many collections and exhibited around the country. Her detailed illustrations have appeared in 90 books, including The Body Book, Tropical Rain Forest, and Hello, Bumblebee Bat, a Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Honor Book. Patricia lives in New York City.

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The bumblebee queen begins the spring below ground and all alone.


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Bumblebee Queen 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
amandacb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wynne¿s narrative follows a queen bee as she goes throughout her tasks¿finding a nest, finding nectar, laying eggs, and reigning over her colony. The accompany illustrations are bright and have much textual detail that thoroughly reinforce the concepts introduced in the text. Appropriate for a science unit or individual student research.
judychadwick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully illustrated and nicely put together, this book follows a bumblebee queen through her life cycle.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How pleasant to find a children's book about an insect without anthropomorphic illustrations. Patricia Wynne's illustrations are bright, sunny, and accurate, allowing young readers to have a close up view of bumblebees as they really look. Done in watercolor and ink, her drawings of the differences between queens, drones, and workers are especially fetching. Author Sayre's text is spare with informational asides, such as the number of species of bumblebees, their stinging habits, how nectar becomes honey, etc. The author has chosen to relate the life span of one queen bee, tracing the bee from early spring when she is underground to emerging and building her colony, and finally the birth of new queens and drones. Youngsters may well be surprised at what one small bee can accomplish, and develop a healthy admiration for nature's creatures. - Gail Cooke