Tuesday, June 22, 2010

All Things Kid Lit: The Hive Detectives

Picture Book Pick of the Week:

The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastropheby Loree Griffin Burns
Published by Houghton Mifflin, 2010

Bees don’t just produce honey. “Your food supply depends on them,” says apiarist Dave Hackenberg. His bees have a busy travel schedule, pollinating around the United States from February to July. So when Dave inspected four hundred of his hives and found that the bees had simply vanished, “a dream team of bee scientists” got to work.

From School Library Journal:

The mystery of the vanishing honeybees began in the winter of 2006 when beekeeper Dave Hackenberg inspected 400 of his 3000 hives in Florida and discovered that 20 million bees had simply disappeared. He frantically alerted state bee inspectors and other beekeepers that there was some strange new ailment affecting these insects and asked for help in finding the cause. Soon beekeepers across the country were reporting similar catastrophes. Most of this lucid, fact-filled introduction focuses on the investigation into the problem, now known as "colony collapse disorder," or CCD. Youngsters concerned with the environment will find this meticulously researched title a valuable resource.

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Zibilee said...

A friend of mine recently told me that without bees, people would become extinct because there would be no pollination, and food, trees, crops, and everything else would not grow. We would have no sustenance and would cease to be. I wonder if this is true? And if it is, more power to the bees!

Bybee said...

This bee very cool.

Wanda said...

Watched a "Nature of Things" episode on this subject. I've noticed more bees around this year than in the past few years so I'll keep my fingers crossed the bees are on the comeback. The book sounds like a great resource for school projects etc.

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