zoom in on Bees
How Do Bees Make Honey?
by Melissa Stewart
Zoom in on Insects
Enslow, 2014
for Ages 5-7
Lexile 480
HC ISBN 978-0-7660-4210-0
PB ISBN 978-1-4644-0363-7
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Have you ever seen a bee up close? What does it look like? How does it eat? What is its life cycle? This book answers all these questions and more. Take an up close peek at a bee’s body features and discover how it goes about its business.
Honors
Junior Library Guild Selection
Research Notes
“Bees are fascinating insects, so when my editor asked if I’d like to write a book about them for early readers, I said “yes” immediately. Doing research for this book was easy, but I struggled as I decided what to leave out. There was so much great information!
“Talking with a friend who is an entomologist helped me figure out what I should focus on. She helped me identify the body features and daily activities that could be shown best in the Zoom Bubbles characteristic of the series.”
Reviews
“Enslow continues to "Zoom in," this time focusing on insects. Stewart breaks down these bugs part by part, providing basic information on antennae, legs, wings, eyes, as well as on their life cycles and habitats, relying upon sparse text ideal for young readers and a colorful, eye-catching layout. [C]lose-up images will engage children. Further reading, index, websites.”
“The Zoom in on Insects! series does just what good science books for a young age group should: offer facts in short but easily understandable texts. Clear and engaging photos help whet readers' appetites to learn more. The titles follow a pattern, introducing habitats, body parts, and how the titular subject evolves. Bees is a fine introduction to the insect and offers a cool close-up of a stinger. Each book ends with an illustration of the insect's life cycle and a page directing children toward helpful websites. The best part of the series is the wonderfully crisp photos, with certain images—an insect's eye, for example—lifted from the larger picture and put into a 'zoom bubble,' where kids can really see what's going on. Primary-grade students and their teachers will certainly appreciate this.”
 
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