In The Trees, Honey Bees


This is a fantastic story about how honey is made by honey bees. Follow the day of a honey bee, with exquisitely detailed illustrations that are biologically accurate and just gorgeous to look at!

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Gorgeous pictures, will grow with the attention span of the child. The story text is written at 2 levels: 1) a 2-year-old level, with just 2-10 words per page (short and sweet for a short attention span), and 2) a 5-year old level, with several sentences explaining the bees’ behavior in more depth. The book can be enjoyed equally on either level. It is scientifically sound.

Content Awareness Factors:


Little Kid Reaction

My sons both loved the book. They both love learning about animals, so this book really spoke to their interests. The pictures gave them lots to look at, and the text was very interesting to them. I picked the book the first time, but they came back and asked for it a lot.

Parent Reaction

I loved this book. I could look at the pictures for hours, and the bee facts were so interesting. There are lots of beautiful scenes (and FLOWERS!) in this book. As a biologist, I truly appreciated all the hard work that went into the scientific accuracy of the information and pictures in this book.

Type of Book:
This is a story about honey bees that also includes science information.
Educational Themes:

There is lots to look at and study about bees, the daily life of bees, and how honey is made. This is scientifically sound, so it feels safe to teach from it.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Read with two boys, ages 3 and 5.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a great book that will catch the eye of most kids. it would be a great gift for a science-friendly home or even for a school!

Title In the Trees, Honey Bees
Author Lori Mortensen
Publisher Dawn Publications © 2009
Illustrators Cris Arbo
ISBN 9781584691150
Material Hard Cover
Cost $8.95
Genres Nature, Poetry
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