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A Hive for the Honeybee, a (hc)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  118 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews

Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Arthur A. Levine Books (first published 1996)
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Josh Stoll
Feb 18, 2010 Josh Stoll rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summary: This book is literally about a hive of bees, one of which, Thora, is beginning to question her community. As bees, there's a general mindset of hive over individual that pervades Thora's existence. She's joined by three other bees: Belle, Albert and Mo. Mo suggests diplomacy with the wasps, the bees' mortal enemies, with disastrous-- and unpredictable-- results.
Main characters:
Thora is an interesting character, in that she's one voice of dissent amidst a crowd of bees who not only appro
Gabby Kloppenburg
Jan 20, 2013 Gabby Kloppenburg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book a long time ago, and it made me cry. I saw it on the shelf of the library in the children's section and I decided to pick it up again. I'm glad I did. Much older now than I used to be, I picked up on all sorts of subtleties in this book. Of course the Amazing commentary on gender roles, but also on entitlement, and even a bit on the value of art vs. utilitarian skills. I would recommend this to any middle grade reader, or older reader who wants a quick read that makes them think ...more
Jun 14, 2017 Ess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I immensely enjoyed this story and it definitely gave me Animal Farm vibes. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a fast paced read and who enjoys reading about the preconceived notions and order surrounding politics, society and class structures.
(I wish I read this in year 11 or 12 while I was studying dystopian novels too! Would have been a fantastic supp text)
I also learnt quite a lot about bees which was actually very interesting haha :)
Originally posted at Postcards from La-La Land.

I first read this book sometime in high school, and now re-read it for the From the Bowels of Obscurity Book Club (yes, I can hear all your inner 12-year-olds giggling at "bowels" ;-) )
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I know. I know, guys. I hate bees. HAAAAATE. THEM. Ok, I’m being dramatic, but in all seriousness, long before I became allergic, the sight of a bee or wasp would put me in panicked flight mode.

These days I’m a leeettle calmer; my reaction to a bee in the hou
Jan 07, 2015 Fence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff, animals, juv-ya
Thora is a newly hatched bee. The queen has just swarmed and those that are remaining in the hive are all awaiting their new queen. They continue to work and live, but their lack is always present. She, unlike most of the female worker bees, befriends some drones. They are full of their own importance. Drones do not work, they are fed when they demand it. Are groomed when they demand it. They see themselves as lords of the hive.

Thora’s friend Belle isn’t so sure. She just doesn’t see the point o
Nov 27, 2011 Rachel rated it really liked it
This book is a hard book to review. There isn't really a problem in this story. It all starts with a three day old worker bee named Thora who is busy fanning the the hive to keep it cool. The hive is in the middle of separating, half staying and half going to a new place. Thora meets Belle, also a worker bee three days older than her. She also meets two drones Mo and Alfred. The four of them become friends and Mo and Alfred teach Thora and Belle how to dream. This book is about Thoras life and t ...more
I picked this book up becuase i thought the cover was lovely. And the inside was lovely as well. The story is about a hive of bee's and the social going-ons in the hive. there are classes of bee's who are assigned different duties in the order of the hive. great commentary on our own social systems. Would be a great movie.....and, for the second book in a row, i got to the end and realised its for 'younger readers.' :-)
Jun 28, 2012 Emalee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author was very scientifically accurate when she told how the hive worked, so it gave a very good picture as to how the hive operates. But she gave the bees personalities and feelings; made them more like people than bees, giving it an effect similar to that of Animal Farm. While you wonder at the amazing order, you're horrified at the brutality.
Chiara (delicate eternity)
I read this book again, because I remember loving it when I was about eleven. The weird thing was, I remembered nothing of it and found it to be quite adult in nature. Nevertheless I enjoyed reading it again.
I liked it. It was a nice quick read that I got through in one day. I was slightly surprised when I started it because it was a little more adult than I expected (only a little). A quick read for all ages.
Jun 26, 2013 Tasia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember reading this book and being struck with its bittersweet truth, and how something so remarkably strange could be so wonderful. It's one of those books that I reread every now and then, being unable to forget it.
May 20, 2008 Sally rated it liked it
Shelves: science-nature, jf
Not really what I expected, but an interesting idea. Small philosophical questions sprinkled throughout; a bit of poetry. I was slightly surprised at the ending. Makes me want to study bees. I might shelve it in the YA collections rather than JF.
Kerry Clair
Dec 05, 2015 Kerry Clair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More of a children's book or something to read to your children, but I really had to admit I enjoyed it a great deal! :) Absolutrly charming and incorporates all the true aspects of how a hive works into a story. Loved this.
Lori Cooper
Jul 28, 2016 Lori Cooper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I. Loved. This. Book. So clever and beautiful! I paid 33 cents for this at a thrift store as a birthday present for my sister since she is a novice beekeeper. She gave it back and ordered me to read it and am I ever so glad I did!
Megan Simmons
Jun 23, 2011 Megan Simmons rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i love this book. it is about the honeybee building there home.
Mar 15, 2016 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really messed me up as a 12 year old when I first read it. Awesome.
I adore this book, and it always makes me cry at the end! It is my relaxing day book! :)
Feb 09, 2009 lowercase rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-love
an odd, endearing little book, with a poignant story that stays with you long after you have closed it and put it away.
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