Flight of the Honey Bee is a finalist in the non-fiction category of the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. It is available in bookstores nationwide.
A beautifully told, deliciously rendered book about a day-in-the-life of a young bee is a finalist in the
New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Flight of the Honey Bee, by Raymond Huber and Brian Lovelock should be on your child’s book list.
Grand swashes of colour with lovely attention to detail fill the pages. Usually that’s enough in a children’s book to have me enamoured. But it’s the well-crafted story that impresses me the most. This is a creatively fact-filled affair that gives my kids a great impression of just what a bee’s life is like.
“She settles on a velvety petal and plunges her head into the flower. Here is the sunken treasure: a cup of sweet nectar. The tip of her tongue shaped liked a miniature spoon, sips the syrup ”
It really does thrill me to find a book that gives an accurate picture of what happens in the natural world and steers very clear of anthropomorphism. I do regularly get irked by animals exhibiting human emotion and behaviours.
My 3-year-old loves the book. Older children will too. And parents, I’m sure you’ll be learning a whole lot too about one animal our lives are so dependent upon.
Review by Anna Butterfield www.loveplantlife.com
Flight of the Honey Bee
by Raymond Huber, illustrated by Brian Lovelock
Published by Walker Books