The Honeybee Man

The Honeybee Man


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375849800
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 03/08/2011
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 113,944
Product dimensions: 9.60(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: AD660L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

LELA NARGI is the author of numerous books about knitting and cooking. This is her first children's book.

KYRSTEN BROOKER's wonderful books for children include Someday When My Cat Can Talk by Caroline Lazo; Precious and the Boo Hag by Patricia C. McKissack, an ALA Notable Book, a School Library Journal Book of the Year, and a Charlotte Zolotow Honor; and Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street by Roni Schotter, a National Council of Teachers Notable Trade Book.

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Honeybee Man 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
sroslund on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Where does honey come from? "The Honeybee Man" by Lela Nargi and illustrated by Krysten Brooker answers this question for young grade-schoolers with helpful, fun illustrations and simple but accurate beekeeping facts. We meet Fred, the Brooklyn beekeeper who keeps bees on the rooftop of his city building. He walks readers through the different stages of honey-making, all while crooning sweetly to his enormous bee family. Nargi artfully explains the "inner-workings" of bee hives, their inhabitants, and their individual tasks. Her poetic lines about Fred's envy of the bees' elegant fight is quite beautiful. Teachers or parents can also learn a thing or two about apiarists from the detailed and labeled sketches on the inside book covers and the longer explanation about the facts of bees and pollination at the back of the book. "The Honeybee Man" also spends a lot of time connecting bees to their source of nourishment; nectar found in flowers and plants throughout the city, encouraging children to think about the interdependency of nature. The "sweet" relationship Fred has with his bees may also help children who are afraid of the insects - showing them that bees are more than just a bunch of stingers! Recommended for children 6 to 8.
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fred takes care of his bees in Brooklyn. This little picture book is filled with facts about those who care for honeybees and honeybees themselves. A nice introduction to the world of the urban beekeeper.¿Fred closes his eyes and lets his mind wander. Will Queen Mab¿s daughters find mint flowers as they did last year? Will Queen Boadicea¿s honey be dark like molasses or light and clear like amber?¿
AppalachianChic More than 1 year ago
Beautifully illustated book! My four year old son loves it.  We stumbled upon it after reading some of Nargi's knitting books. The bee keeping process is well written for a child and for an adult.  Love this, and hope they get together for another. My only negative thing is I wish the author provided a read along app for this.