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Bee Dancing

bee danceBee Dance
by Rick Chrustowski
32 pages; ages 4-8
Henry Holt & Co, 2015

This seems like a perfect book to end National Pollinator Week – and it’s hot off the press. Written with a second-person point of view, it begins:

When sunlight warms your honeybee wings, off you go on flower patrol!

So begins a day of adventure – and work – for this honey bee flying over a prairie. Simple language allows young readers (and listeners) to join the bee as she returns to the hive and begins the waggle dance. The description is so good that you could do the waggle dance yourself.

The illustrations are multi-media: collage with pastel pencil – and from a bee’s point of view… or maybe a beetle’s point of view. From below, the stems and leaves seem huge, flowers towering above, bees coming in for a landing. And there’s an info-packed page at the back that discusses why honey bees dance.

Head over to Archimedes Notebook for more about pollinators.

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