Aug 072011

The BeemanWhenever I find a book that makes my children ask me to read it over and over again, I always get excited. When I find a book that makes them ask questions and learn about the world around them, I get even more excited, and The Beeman by Laurie Krebs does all of the above.

The Beeman is about a young boy, who proudly describes how his grandfather, the beeman, works with his bees and beehives. It tells the story of how honey is made and processed from the beginning to the end by both the bees and the beeman. It is a great children’s fictional story that both teaches and captivates.
Valeria Cis has illustrated The Beeman, and the illustrations are both unique and captivating. Cis has a certain softness over her illustrations that keeps the reader looking. The illustrations are simple and do not overwhelm the pages, and the people in The Beeman come to live in a very special way through Ci’s work.

The Beeman makes the subject of bees approachable for children, who quite often have a justified fear of bees. It accounts for the creation of honey, and it also have a detailed and very informative section about bees, nectar and honey.While many kids know that honey comes from bees, only few know the specifics of how honey get from the bees and onto our tables. Krebs does an excellent job of teaching children how honey finds its way to our kitchens, and she does so in a manner that makes the children want to know more.
Title: The Beeman
Author: Laurie Krebs
Illustrator: Valeria Cis
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Barefoot Books; 1st edition (March 1, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1846861462
ISBN-13: 978-1846861468
Disclaimer: I received a copy of The Beeman by Laurie Krebs from Barefoot Books for the purpose of this review. I received no monetary compensation, and the opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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