The Bee Book by Charlotte Milner is a book filled with 22 topics/questions about bees and each topic/question has a two page spread. The illustrations are done in warm hues and the paper is flat; not glossy and shiny which I think adds to the mood of this earthy topic. I love all the nonfiction text features that are being used; maps, bold print, labels, cut aways, diagrams, numbers, charts, and drawn illustrations. There's a lot of math sharing data and comparing numbers.
While learning all about bees in general this book is also urging the reader to understand why we need to help the bees and what makes them an important creature for our environment. One of my favorite pages illustrates this in a progression; bees are needed for crops, which bring us food, pollination helps our flowers which in turn helps our mammals, insects, and birds. Bees are much more than creatures that make honey and sting you. My heart tugged a bit as I read about the decline in bee population due to humans. I think this two page spread will tug at my readers hearts. Overall, I hope this book brings comfort to some readers that fear bees and their stingers.
Shopping for second grade nonfiction readers can be a bit tricky. You need more information than an emergent reader and not too much that the reader becomes overwhelmed. At first I was a bit worried there was a lot of information and then decided the text is organized with enough white space and line breaks we could easily find what we needed. I think The Bee Book is just right for my second grade readers; especially in spring.
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