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If Bees Disappeared

(If Animals Disappeared)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  179 ratings  ·  34 reviews
What would happen if bees disappeared? Find out in this fourth book from Lily Williams in the award-winning If Animals Disappeared Series that imagines the consequences of a world without bees.

The rolling hills and lush climate of Kent, England are home to many creatures.

These creatures are fluffy, sneaky, spikey, and ... small, like the bee.

Though bees are small, their im
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 16th 2021 by Roaring Brook Press
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Stephanie Bange
Apr 21, 2021 rated it liked it
A simple survey of honeybees and their contribution in the ecosystem, told largely from the viewpoint of the U.K.

In simplifying information, Williams sometimes drops the ball due to omission or generalization several times within the text.
-She starts with a chart of most of the 7 families of bees: social and solitary Apidae, Halicidae, Megachilida, Melittidae, Andrenidae, and Colletidae. It should be noted that she neglects to include one family: Stenotritidae (all of these bees are restricted
Nov 08, 2022 rated it really liked it
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This series combines vivid illustrations with a gentle introduction to ecology—a branch of biology which focuses on understanding organisms and their habitats. This series can be used as a tool to deepen an understanding and reverence of the ecosystems God has created, the interdependencies of God's creations and the impact our choices can make on the environment. In this story, readers are introduced to our dependencies on a special group of pollinators that are mentioned in the Quran—the honey ...more
Mar 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What could be better - real science lessons in an approachable beautiful book. Lily Williams covers another big topic in her latest book "If Bees Disappeared". Bees are so important to our lives and food supply. Lily gives us the real science and impact if bees weren't around to pollinate our favorite foods and the broader eco system that bees support. Lily tells us how important bees are to our eco system and also shows us what we can do to make our yards and communities safer for bees. Written ...more
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received an electronic ARC from MacMillan Children's Publishing Group.
Williams breaks down the complex issues that surround the environment into simple to follow text for elementary readers. She explains what bees do and why they are so important to the world. Then she follows the track that could would happen if bees disappeared/became extinct. The book closes with encouragement as Williams shares the initiatives underway to restore bee populations. Other informative text is included at the e
Jan 15, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like the If Animals Disappeared picture book series and this one features bees, which I think is so relevant and important. I'm always looking for picture books that teach young readers about the importance of bees and I think that this particular book does that without overriding too much information into it. It focuses on the basic facts about why bees are so important and the ways that they are being threatened and endangered in this book. It is very easy to follow and make the conne ...more
Taylor Hall
Apr 02, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This book emphasizes how big a bees role really is and how essential is. I loved how it went through all aspects that would be impacted if there were no bees such as the plants, animals and even humans. This would be a great discussion to have since young children probably don't know how much bees actually contribute to humans. I also loved how the book ended with a glossary full of conversations about bees to have at home or with others. This is a great way to get young children interested in s ...more
Tori Rumschlag
Feb 28, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture
If Bees Disappeared by Lily Williams is a gorgeously illustrated picture books about the impact of bees on their ecosystems. The cartoonish illustration style and bold, vivid colors lead the reader through the book. The prose is quite technical but not overwhelming; high-level concepts like Colony Collapse Disorder and keystone species are discussed and explained thoroughly. The book is focused on the environmental ramifications of declining bee populations.
Apr 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Nice information about why bees are important, the threats they are facing, and what we can do to help.
I wasn't the biggest fan of the illustrations in this one. I also think that some of the writing was a little too advanced for the intended audience. I did love the author's note at the end (and really all the backmatter).
Cheriee Weichel
May 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: environment
This provides a simplified look at the role bees play as a global keystone species. The back matter includes a glossary, additional information about honeybee in trouble, an author's note and a bibliography. I especially appreciate the page, How You Can Help Save Bees. It's full of things ordinary people can do. ...more
Sep 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
"Even the smallest creatures can change the world."

Once again, Lily Williams has taken a complicated process and simplified it for young and old readers alike. With colorful illustrations and well-researched depictions of the 'what ifs,' If Bees Disappeared makes for an entertaining and enlightening picture book. Save the bees!!!
Jan 16, 2022 rated it really liked it
So many different kinds of bees and what they do and the problems they are faced with are in this book. It warns that bees must be protected from the CCD Colony Collapse. No birds would leave no pest control in gardens. Bees and birds could disappear and affect our food, medicines, and clothing production. The book has back matter about how to save the bees.
Mar 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book! The text and illustrations are outstanding! The author / illustrator really paid attention to the details.

At the end of the book is a Glossary, How You Can Help Save Bees, a Bibliography, and Additional Sources.

Good pick for environmental sustainability conversations, with explanations of keystone species, superorganisms, and Colony Collapse Disorder. Strong backmatter. Seems like a natural fit for science classrooms.
Bee (BacchusVines)
A really important and timely book. Teaching kids about the importance of Bees and why they are needed in order to keep living is very important. I love that the author included a glossary of words and information for the reader to digest.
Elaine Fultz, SLMS, Teacher Librarian, MLS
"Bees are a keystone species." This presentation of approachable information will be more than welcome to freshen up aging insect sections of libraries. Plus its message is clear. Help the bees or no more apples, people. C'mon. ...more
Jan 14, 2022 rated it really liked it
Love everything about this series! The information about the very serious problem of declining bee population is simply presented for young readers. Engaging illustrations and complete back matter. Looking forward to the next book about tigers.
Aug 04, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book that teaches us about bees and what would happen if they disappeared it is amazing that such a little creature has such a big impact in our world I think this is a lovely book for children of all ages
Isabella Morris
This book is nice to show children about different animals and bees. This shows how important animals in are in the ecosystem. This was not my favorite book because I prefer fantasy, but it would be goo in a classroom to teach a subject with it.
Brooke Courtney
I really liked how this book teaches about the importance in that bees play in our lives. Before reading this book I could have my students predict what they think would happen if bees were to disappeared.
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
EARC provided by Mackids
Solid nonfiction for elementary readers that pairs nicely with Fleming's Honeybee.
Ron Turner
Mar 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
It does a great job in explaining collapse. If we lose the bees then we lose the fruits, we lose the fruits then we lose the birds, we lose the birds we lose crops, lose crops we lose lives...
I loved how this book explained about pollinators in a clear and direct way children will understand. It is a great introduction to pollinators.
Deana Metzke
Another great addition to this series!
Jun 14, 2021 rated it liked it
This book does a great job of showing how essential bees are to our survival. Nature is an interconnected web and each component must survive for all to survive.
Megan Truax
Jun 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Great series for teaching cause and effect and ecosystem balance.
Jul 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
great book!
Apr 18, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This was a perfect read with Earth Day coming up. We plan on reading it again next year.
Apr 21, 2022 rated it really liked it
A good way to explain what could happen if the bees disappeared.
Jul 02, 2022 rated it really liked it
Excellent addition to the series. A gift from Abby, from my last lourdes class. Recommended.
Aug 29, 2022 rated it really liked it
Cute and informative.
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Lily Williams is the author and illustrator of the If Animals Disappeared nonfiction picture book series and graphic novel Go With The Flow (co-written with Karen Schneemann). She grew up in Northern California where she received her B.F.A. from California College of the Arts. Lily seeks to inspire change, engage audiences, and educate people of all ages with her artwork. Her work can be seen in f ...more

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