Buzz from flower to flower with a sweet honeybee in this timely, clever, and breathtakingly gorgeous picture book from critically acclaimed author Kirsten Hall and award-winning illustrator Isabelle Arsenault.
Do you hear it?
You’re near it.
With zooming, vibrant verse by Kirsten Hall and buzzy, beautiful illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault, this celebration of the critically important honeybee is a honey-sweet treasure of a picture book.
The plight of the endangered honeybee is the raison d' tre of this story, Hall (The Jacket) explains in a concluding note, though it's a long and twisty flight to reach it. Readers hear the first bee ("It's closer, it's coming, it's buzzing, it's humming...") before they see it arrive and land on a flower in search of nectar. The singsong verse is aflutter with strained rhyming: "There now, it drills now,/ the bee sips and spills now,/ there now, it swills now, it sits oh-so-still now./ There now, it fills now, it's back to the hill now...." After the bee's buzzing summons others to mealtime, they all swarm back to the hive to begin the honey-making process, whose description may need translating by adults: "We suck out the nectar, we suck it straight through./ Chew, chew we're changing its makeup, we're giving the nectar a chemical shake-up." Dominated by golden hues punctuated with splashes of neon yellow, the airy mixed-media art by Arsenault (Cloth Lullaby) helps kids decipher the goings-on, in and out of the hive. Tips on how to help preserve the bee population follow the story. Ages 4 8.