What's the buzz? : keeping bees in flight (Orca Footprints) (#0556UX7)

by Wilcox, Merrie-Ellen

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Hardcover Orca Book Publishers, 2015
Price: USD 17.16
Description: 48 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm.
Dewey: 595.79; Int Lvl: 3-6; Rd Lvl: 6.4
AR 6.3 MG 2 176670EN; RC 10.7 5; LEX 1130L; GR V; F&P V


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Insects, Spiders, Etc. (Juvenile Nonfiction; Animals)

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Straightforward books about the complex environmental issues that children face every day. Each 48-page book aims to inspire young students to take action in any way they can. The books contain well-researched, simply-expressed information and powerful images to readers ages 9-and-up who are asking questions about the state of the natural world.

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Includes bibliographical references (page 44) and index. Discusses the features, habits, and pollination efforts of different types of bees and how people are working to save bee populations.

From the Publisher
Whether they live alone or together, in a hive or in a hole in the ground, bees do some of the most important work on the planet: pollinating plants. What's the Buzz?celebrates the magic of bees--from swarming to dancing to making honey--and encourages readers to do their part to keep the hives alive.

All over the world, bee colonies are dwindling, but everyone can do something to help save the bees, from buying local honey to growing a bee-friendly garden.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication Date: September 22, 2015
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Series: Orca footprints
  • Dewey: 595.79
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: 48 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm.
  • ISBN-10: 1-45980-960-2
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-45980-960-4
  • LCCN: 2015-934244
  • Follett Number: 0556UX7
  • Interest Level: 3-6
  • Reading Level: 6.4
  • ATOS Book Level: 6.3
  • AR Interest Level: MG
  • AR Points: 2
  • AR Quiz: 176670EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 10.7
  • Reading Counts Points: 5
  • Lexile: 1130L
  • Guided Reading Level: V
  • Fountas & Pinnell: V

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist, 08/01/15
  • Horn Book Guide, 04/01/16
  • Kirkus Reviews, 07/15/15
  • Library Media Connection, 02/01/16
  • Resource Links, 04/01/16
  • School Library Journal, 07/01/15
  • Science Books & Films (AAAS), 09/01/16

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (August 2015 (Vol. 111, No. 22))
Grades 4-7. Written by an experienced apiculturist, this book is an introduction to the basics of bee physiology and behavior, dispelling many common myths of this ubiquitous insect. Wilcox celebrates the incredible diversity of bee species and the products that they provide. The life cycle of honeybees and the roles that workers, drones, and queens play is part of a discussion about what beekeepers do to keep colonies healthy. This introductory information provides the basis for a description of the problems facing bee populations that are decreasing at an alarming rate. Though not pointed to as a singular cause, Wilcox emphasizes the tenuous relationship between organisms in an ecosystem and the challenges that industrial agriculture present to maintaining the environment, and in particular, she focuses on bees’ special role as pollinators for the world’s food supply. This eye-opening book is a call to action, encouraging kids to plant flower gardens, support local farms, and raise awareness of the mysterious plight of disappearing bees. Full-color close-up photos and helpful diagrams add plenty of visual appeal.

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