Flight Of The Honey Bee
Where to buy Flight Of The Honey Bee:
Buy in UK (Walker Books)
Buy in US (Candlewick Press)
Buy in Australia (Walker Books)
Flight of the Honey Bee is the story of a honey bee (Scout) on a journey to find food for her hive. The action is closely based on the life of real bees and includes science footnotes. This hardcover book is ‘lyrical non-fiction’, a mix of science and poetic story-form. The illustrations by Brain Lovelock also blend art and science, with accurate insects upon expressive backgrounds. Here’s the wasp attack scene (click to enlarge):
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I was scared of bees until I got a real beehive for my 40th birthday. After watching their fascinating, intricate lives, I came to love bees (but I do still wear a protective suit). Honey bees and humans have been partners for 20,000 years: we give them homes and they pollinate our food. But the world’s bees are now endangered so I wrote this book to show how intelligent and essential (even appealing) bees are. I imagined all the challenges a bee would face out in the world – for added thrills, Scout meets a few more dangers than an average bee on an average day! Writing a picture book is a bit like creating a poem – every word has to work hard in a confined space (like a bee) to suggest character and story, and remain true while still delighting the ear.
Here’s the Danish cover. I love how ‘honey bee’ translates to ‘honningbien’ and ‘flight’ is ‘flyvetur’ (like a flying adventure!).