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Flight of the Honey Bee

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Follow the flight of a honey bee as she searches for nectar to sustain her hive and, along the way, pollinates flowers to produce seeds and fruits.

A tiny honey bee emerges from the hive for the first time. Using sunlight, landmarks, and scents to remember the path, she goes in search of pollen and nectar to share with the thousands of other bees in her hive. She uses her p
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by Candlewick Press
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Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Informative with lovely illustrations; this is the kind of children's books that I approve of.
Sunday Cummins
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review of Flight of the Honey Bee by Huber (2013). I’m always a little leery of informational texts that humanize or anthropomorphize animals or non-human animals/things, but Huber’s narrative of a honey bee named Scout out hunting for nectar is conservative on this aspect. Huber doesn’t attribute feelings or thoughts to Scout in a human-like way, but instead has clearly used research to describe Scout’s actions as she searches for nectar, seeks refuge from a hail storm, and communicates to her ...more
Laura Salas
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I’m drawn to this cover right away. The bees and all the confetti bits (pollen, I assume? or maybe just an artsy decision) make me think of Barbara Juster Esbensen’s book about teaching poetry: A Celebration of Bees. That’s what this looks like!
As soon as I open the book, it’s a little different. It has an introduction before I even get to the title page. It explains that this book will just cover a bee at one stage of its life: when it’s a scout.
I feel a little weird about the bee having a name
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book tells the story of Scout, a scout honey bee, and her journey to find a new source of nectar for her hive. The book shows the perils of being out of the hive (birds, rain and even wasps), as well as the unique communication between bees. Although this is set up as a narrative, it does stay within what science knows about bees, so it is catalogued as nonfiction. Each page also contains facts explaining more about what is happening to Scout in the narrative. This allows the book to be rea ...more
Richie Partington
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Richie's Picks: FLIGHT OF THE HONEY BEE by Raymond Huber and Brian Lovelock, ill., Candlewick, September 2013, 32p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-6760-3

"You can read it in the papers, hear it on the news
The earth is going down, going down in pollution blues"
-- Manfred Mann's Earth Band, "Messin'"

"Bees have a powerful sense of smell. They use their antennae to pick up scents. Bees can smell in 'stereo,' each antenna smelling in a different direction."

"In its lifetime, a bee can travel more than 500 miles (8
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
A delightful nonfiction picture book about the importance of honeybees. Full review soon!
Jul 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: jacob, ellie, mom
Great book to learn about bees. Surprised my kids didn't rate this 4 stars.
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great book for learning about bees and other pollinators and their importance to our food supply.
Chelsea Radojcic
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-review
Super informative educational read for kids and adults alike. Very factually accurate. I would recommend 6 plus in age. Very lovely illustrations as well.
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Terrific introductory book about honey bees for middle readers.
Francesca Pashby
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Attractive, engaging book on the day in a life of a bee. I now have more respect for honey!
Brooklyn Jones
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a great informational children's book. It provides somewhat of a storyline with giving facts about honey bee's in smaller print below. This is creative and fun and a great pick!
Zoë Danielle
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
As a scientist myself, I really love picture books with a science element because I think the sooner we can introduce science to kids, the better. Flight of the Honey Bee by Raymond Huber and Brian Lovelock follows a honey bee, Scout, as she searches for nectar and returns to the hive. Not only is the art in this book beautiful, but it also contains lots of little pieces of science about honey bees. I gave this book to my friend who just had a baby, and I think it would make an excellent additio ...more
Katie Walters
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book will engage students to work hard and help out their classmates. The story line is very informational and interesting. It also has new vocabulary that will challenge young readers.
Alex Baugh
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: randomly-reading
By now, we have all heard about how honey bees are disappearing and hives are collapsing at alarming rates and what a disaster that can be for mankind. After all, bees are the best pollinators in the world.

So it is not surprising that a number of books for young readers have come out recently about bees. Perhaps in the hope that if we educate young readers about the importance of bees, we, or really, they may be able to help reverse the trend and stop bee disappearance and death.

Flight of the
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a great narrative about a scavenger bee named Scout. Huber uses his research on bees to describe Scout’s actions as she searches for nectar, hides from a hail storm, and communicates to her sister bees through dance-like movements. It seems like he tries to keep the story entertaining without giving Scout any Human-like features. I think that this is a good technique because it allows the reader to focus on the information at hand. There are captions on each page that give useful inform ...more
Oak Lawn Public Library - Youth Services
Age/Lexile Level: 5-8 yrs / AD840L

Length: 30 pages

Summary: This book is about one day for a scout bee. The hive is preparing for winter and this honey bee is searching for nectar to sustain her hive. She has to survive several attacks to complete her mission. Story text is large with additional facts in a smaller font.

Recommendations or Comments: I was disappointed in this book. It's good, but the text is very flowery, pun intended, and I totally get why the lexile level says adult directed. I t
Grace Livengood
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Huber, R., & Lovelock, B. (n.d.). Flight of the honey bee.
The bees in our world are dying in masse and it is going to spell chaos for the rest of the world. The story of one honey bee and her regular life gives the readers a little bit of insight into the lives of honey bees in an interesting storytelling way that may get children interested in bees and what they are going through. Honey bees are our most important pollinators and account for the plethora of food we are exposed to. The brigh
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
This brief nonfiction takes readers along as a honey bee scouts for flowers whose nectar and pollen her hive mates can collect. As she fends off predators and bad weather, she eventually returns to the hive to inform the other bees of the food source she has located. The text contains interesting facts about how bees navigate, using an internal compass, and that they store nectar in an extra stomach. The illustrations, crafted as double-page spreads, have been created stunningly in watercolor, a ...more
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I love books that mix narrative and information nonfiction within one book. This text introduces Scout as she exits the hive and goes about her bee-siness (hehe!). This part of the story is told as a story. Then on each page, there is information about bees in general to help the reader understand Scout’s journey. This unique text structure mixed with the realistic yet artistic illustrations really makes Flight compelling to read. In additi
Jan 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I think I'd give the artwork 5/5 stars, and the text 2/5.

I understand that the author needed to meet certain guidelines to get this book to qualify for Common Core, but it felt really clunky. Some of the sweeping feelings of wonder and curiosity I normally associate with children's books was missing for me.

If you're considering this book to read aloud, be warned that it may require some extra creativity with voices or expression to keep it flowing between the story and nonfiction portions. It
Gianna Pesce
I thought that this book was pretty boring and basic but being that it is an informational story, i did not expect it to be much more than it was. One thing i did like was how the author made the story more enjoyable for children by giving the scout bee a name and making a story out of real facts about bees. I also thought that it was cool that the author included actual facts about honey bees in smaller text at the bottom of each page. I did learn many things about honey bees that i was unaware ...more
Tayler McNickle
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a great informational book for children. First off, the illustrations are beautiful. I can't decide if the illustrations were painted, if there's colored pencils or markers involved. Maybe all 3! Whatever it is, it was done well, and really fits well with the book.
The book is about Scout, the honey bee. She's on an adventure to find flowers for her hive, so they can survive the cold winter months to come. She has to endure harsh weather and some scary predators.
The book also contains fac
Abby Brithinee
I'm going to be reading all of the 2014 ALA Notable Children's books I can get my hands on. This is the first one.

This is a very short, simple children's picture book. It's non-fiction, but it is a sort of story following a single bee as she searches for food for her hive. There's also a lot of cool information, like "Bees can smell in 'stereo,' each antenna smelling in a different direction." The pictures are brightly colored watercolors (I think), and speckles and streaks help communicate emot
Kathleen Dixon
This book looks beautiful - I love the colours, the illustrations are just gorgeous. But the text is uninspired. And the factual asides are intrusive. I found it awkward to read aloud, and the grandchildren didn't engage. Halfway through I started telling it in my own words, which got me and them a little more excited about the bees. I think I'll borrow it from the library again, and just read the factual asides (with embellishments) because they are definitely interested in all sorts of insects ...more
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The book contains interesting and important facts about honey bees. Through the journey of a Scout honey bee, readers get to learn how honey bees function, from seeking flowers for nectar, defend for their lives, to make honey and their lives in the hive. The picture book format of this book makes a good choice to introduce bee and its importance to our world to young readers. The illustration complements the text well. I can see kids asking about the difference between wasps and bees.

Katie Logonauts
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
This informative picture book is packed full of facts about bees as well as an engaging story of a day in the life of a scout bee. The two-page spreads are lavishly detailed and colorful, and different font sizes distinguish the story from the factual details. An index and notes about how to help save bees are included at the back of the book. This book would be a great addition to any science unit on bees, ecology, or food chains, as well as for kids fascinated by insects.
The life and role of a scout bee is described in an engaging narrative form: finding pollen, journeying back to the hive, and relating important information to her fellow bees. Further facts are given throughout the story for those interested in learning more about bees. The spatter-painted illustrations catch the eye and are outstandingly beautiful for a non-fiction book. This book can be used in a variety of ways, including story times and STEAM programming.
Kate MacMillan
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: honey, bees, hives
A tiny honey bee emerges from the hive for the first time. Using sunlight, landmarks, and scents to remember the path, she goes in search of pollen and nectar to share with the thousands of other bees in her hive. She uses her powerful sense of smell to locate the flowers that sustain her, avoids birds that might eat her, and returns home to share her finds with her many sisters. Nature lovers and scientists-to-be are invited to explore the fascinating life of a honey bee.
Sandy Brehl
Combines the best of all the elements in non-fiction mentor and content text. Accessible parallel narrative and expository informational passages combine with brilliantly colored illustrations that clarify and extend the science content but will appeal to any age. Back matter includes proactive steps to protect honeybees, nix, and a font key to e two types of text.
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