Acclaimed author Jorey Hurley shows us how bees make and store honey in this bold and graphic picture book that includes informative backmatter on the process.
With just one word on each page and the vivid illustrations Joey Hurley is known for, Beehive showcases the cycle of bees making honey. Detailed backmatter further explains this fascinating natural process.
Hurley's signature style single, carefully chosen words paired with illustrations notable for their sophisticated minimalist aesthetic illuminates wild honeybees. Beginning with the "buzz" of a lone bee over a field of lilac-hued blooms, this spare story, told mostly in images, wends its way as the bees "swarm" and "explore," "find" a tree to "build" a hive where the queen can "lay" eggs. After they "feed" the larvae, which become "grown," and "fly," the story shifts into "collect" and "pollinate" before the bees must "guard," "sting," and "keep" their ultimate creation: "honey." Hurley's author's note cleverly uses these same words in a fuller narrative explaining their occurrences. Hurley's clean-line pictures egg-shaped dots in orange hexagonal cells; yellow-and-black bees perched in flowers' centers, collecting orange pollen clearly illustrate each concept, offering an appealingly simple introduction to a beloved insect. Ages 3 7. \n