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UnBEElievables: Honeybee Poems and Paintings (with audio recording)

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The buzz is big for Douglas Florian’s new poetry collection about the unBEElieveably unique lives of honeybees—and the vital role they play in our ecosystem.Come inside the honeycomb—a busy, buzzy, bee-filled home—and learn about the unexpected wonders of these tiny insects’ lifestyles, families, and communities. In fourteen funny, fact-filled honeybee poems and paintings, ...more
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Published March 6th 2012 by Beach Lane Books
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Hilary Misle
1. Twin Text: The Honeybee Man by Lela Nargi, copyright 2011

2. Rationale: The nonfiction text, UnBEElievables: Honeybee Poems and Paintings, is a delightful hybrid of a book, pairing facts about honeybees with gorgeous paintings and engaging poems. One of my favorite poems, “Worker Bees,” tells the plight of these hard-working insects:

Sister.
Sister.
Sister.
Not one brother.
Not one mister.
See us sisters work all day,
Dawn to dusk – no time to play.

The poem goes on to detail the workers’ chores, and
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Barbara
In his inimitable style, Douglas Florian fashions a book of 14 poems about bees. While many of the poems contain clever wordplay, they also provide information about bees for readers. Each poem is accompanied by short text that adds to what they know about bees--and there's something new to learn for just about everyone. A pollen-laden bee is described as "a fuzzy, flying flower!" (unpaged), and the Queen Bee is "no ordinary bee" (unpaged), the drone needs to be cautioned to "Bee-have in your hi ...more
Derek Slagle
This book is a collection of poems about bees and the various roles that bees have. It examines different types of bees and has factual information about each type of bee to go along with the poems. This book does a good job examining poetic features while keeping the text basic for young children.
This book would be good for a class based around bees. I could have the children create many crafts using different bees for each craft. Along with the crafts it would be fun to have the children crea
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Irina Ryabyy
This poetry book is a collection of poems about bees and the various roles that bees have. It talks about different types of bees and what they use and make and other things related to bees. It also has cute illustrations that go along with each bee and actual facts that pertain to the poem. This book would be great to use with younger kids because it is interesting and easy to understand. I absolutely love this book and would love to use it in any class.

It could be used when learning literacy
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DyolF Dixon
unBEElievables, honeybee poems and paintings, by Douglas Florian, is a book of poems and illustrations about bees. The lines in some of the poems’ patterns suggest what the bees are doing in the poems. The author uses, onomatopoeia, the sounds the bees makes and the word bee to make words. The word “because” becomes “bee-cuzz” and “That’s what we duzz” to change the spelling to a bee buzzing sound. The unusual spelling of words is funny and brings up images of bees buzzing.
On the same page as th
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Paul  Hankins
Catch the "buzz" on this new collection of poems from Douglas Florian. With non-fiction elements embedded upon each page, this CCSS-ready collection would be a real "honey" for inclusion in units regarding nature, insects, bees.

"Ladder" this one up with:

THE HIVE DETECIVES by Loree Griffin Burns
CLAN APIS (graphic novel)
HONEYBEE by Naomi Shihab Nye
THE BEE TREE by Patricia Polacco
Brittany Martz
I really like this poetry book because it includes both a poem and an informational piece about bees on every page. The book is not only cute and creative, but it includes a lot of information that children can learn about bees from. Each page is a different topic such as pollen, the beekeepers, and worker bees just to name a few. I would read this whole book to my children instead of just picking out a single poem to read because the information all comes together to create one book. The illust ...more
Mary Lee
Classic (fabulous) Florian poems and paintings, paired with bee facts to go with every poem. Perfection!!
Edward Sullivan
Fun poems acommpanied with bee facts and delightful illustrations.
Danielle
UnBEElievables: Honeybee Poems and Paintings is a collection of poems about bees. The poems contain factual information about bees. On each page there is a poem along with a strip of information about each aspect of the type of bee the poem talks about. This is a very neat way of incorporating poetry and nonfictional text. There are several ways a person could use this book. One way is to pair this book with other poetry books in a poetry unit and another way is to pair this book with other book ...more
Julie Rand
The title and cover image immediately set the reader’s expectations about what this book will be about and what it will bee (pun intended) like: poems and paintings about bees which include puns and word play that are mostly humorous. Before ever opening the book you expect to be entertained and amused.

Florian definitely delivers but also adds more. Each facing double page spread has a painting and a poem with factual information about bees at the bottom of the page.

This book is meant to be rea
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Jill
UnBEElievables is a delightful picture book of poems and paintings of honeybees. The clever, rhyming poems also teach facts about bees. On the bottom of each page of poems is an informative paragraph that gives additional facts related to the content of the poem. There are poems on honeybee hives, their anatomy, the queen bee, the drones, the worker bees, the life cycle, making honey, etc. Grades 2-5.

Curriculum Connection: This would be a good book to use with ISTE Standard 2d: provide students
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Florence Baumgardner
Apr 06, 2013 Florence Baumgardner rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All children!
UnBEElievables: Honeybee Poems and Pintings by Douglas Florian
ISBN 978-1-4424-2652-8
UnBEEleivables: Honeybee Poems and Paintings is a book of poetry written and illustrated by Douglas Florian. This book has been written for children P-Primary ages 5-8. The book is filled with 14 fun filled poems' about the types of Honeybees found in a hive, their anatomy and what each one does. How they collect pollen and make honey and much more. On the bottom of each page, additional facts about Honeybees c
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Carly
UnBEElieveables is a book filled with poems and descriptions of bees. The poems range from the anatomy of a bee to the honey that they make. The book is a great way for readers to learn about bees through different styles of writing. The poems are lighthearted and fun, which draws readers in an enables them to see bees as more than an insect. The book gives us the opportunity to gain a better insight to what bees are and what they do in a way that is much more fun and interesting for all ages. T ...more
Kelly
This is the second poetry book I have read from this author and it is an awesome blend of information and poetry. Douglas Florian combines bee poems with a captioned picture. The title is a play on words, and even the title page is in the shape of a hexagon like a honey comb. The illustrations of different types of bees are a blend of painting and text in a collage style. There is a labeled diagram of bee body parts along with a poem of bee parts. There are bee poems written from different point ...more
Scott
Really, the rating prompt perfectly sums this up for me, 'it was ok'. The slightly quirky art could have been fun pared with equally quirky poems, but they were just mediocre. And, a silly thing, but there is a poem about bee brothers followed by bee sisters who claim to have 'not one brother'. The contradiction is a good example of the lack of polish this text had.
Eyehavenofilter
Inside the honeycomb, meet the Queen, the workers, the drones, and see the eggs ( pupa)so loveingly taken care of. With childlike crayon inspired illustrations kids will realte to the predominanat yellow, black, and brown color scheme. (It made me want to go out and buy some honey NOW!
There is a great description pf baa anatomy, everything is labelled. The Queen wears a crown as all good Queens should. Drons are presented as urban soldires, workers are a combo of bakers, dust rakers, and homemak
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Michele Knott
Florian does a great job compiling poems that are about the different roles bees have in their community as well as some poems that talk about beekeepers and how many bee communities have disappeared recently. Each poem has corresponding facts that give additional information about the poem.
Bridget R. Wilson
Florian goes bee crazy in his new collection. In 14 poems, he explores every aspect of the honeybee's life. Extra facts make the poems even better because the reader discovers that the poems are based on fact.

What I thought: I'm a serious Florian fan! What I like most about this collection is the factoids. I recently used his Insectlopedia in a family story time and the kids wanted to know more about the insects the poems were about. The format he uses in UnBEElievables is perfect. Florian's col
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Jo Sorrell
This is another winner by Douglas Florian. Each poem takes up 2 facing pages. One has the poem and bee facts and the opposite has the illustrations. Each poem is a topic such as Worker Bees and beneath the short poem is a fact about worker bees.
I really like this book because honeybee colonies are disappearing. Why, pesticides, viruses; scientists aren't sure. This book in some small way promotes awareness. Florian addresses the issue briefly at the end of the book.
As for the illustrations, I am
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Sarah
I love Douglas Florian's poetry, but this book went even a step further- there is nonfiction text that accompanies each poem and tells even more about these interesting creatures. This is perfect for third graders to use for their research.
Courtney
This book will be great for my honey bee unit. I love the pairing of poetry with nonfiction text. I think my students would be excited about the illustrations because it looks like something they could do.
Linda
From the bee-ginning to the Bee-bliography, this poetry book is delightfully ‘buzzy’ with all sorts of bee information. Each page illustrates particular concepts with charming bees who have children’s faces, a poem and accompanying explanation. For instance, the poem titled Drone begins BROTHER!/Yo BROTHER! /Bee-have in your hive!/Hey, DRONE!/Don’t MOAN!/Don’t GROAN!/And don’t JIVE! It continues to talk about their main work with the queen-very important! There are poems about the stages until t ...more
Josie Stewart
Really love this book and can't wait to read others by this writer. Love the format of poetry and then information on each page. The illustrations are bee-utiful too!
Tara
Great informational book about bees. The information is presented in poems and also has information at the bottom of the page.
Teresa
An absolutely delightful book with paintings, poetry, and facts about bees that's as fun to look at as to read.
Karen Dransfield
This book goes through the life cycle of bees and has a different poem and artwork for each. Interesting.
Jennifer Wilson
Good mix of poems for younger kids and facts for older kids.
Allison
Making this a "pass". The poetry is not extraordinary, but I think it is great for 5th and 6th graders learning to write their own poetry, since they tend to learn by imitation. Mostly the poetry all follows the AABB rhyme scheme, which is simplistic, yet effective as an instructional tool. I see it being used more in schools than being a popular library item. A nice added feature is that each poem has an accompanying scientific fact about the science of bee colonies, which could easily lend its ...more
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