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Begin with a Bee

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Begin with a Bee and its story of the life of one queen bee, a rusty-patched bumblebee, teaches us not only about bees but also about our own responsibilities in the natural world

By looking closely at the life cycle of one bee, Begin with a Bee helps readers of all ages understand and appreciate the contributions and significance of all bees. The life cycle of the rusty-
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 25th 2021 by Univ Of Minnesota Press
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Jul 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Finally, a book about a native bee - a rusty-patched bumble bee - instead of the tired old Eurotrash honeybee! Informative and gorgeously illustrated. I also love that this book highlights a lot of lovely and important native plants - wild geranium, wild lupine, serviceberry, aster, gentian. You usually never see these names in picture books! Yippeee!
Abby Johnson
This is an excellent and beautiful science picture book that looks at the life of a bee colony, starting with a lone queen who wakes from hibernation in spring and produces an entire colony herself. The scratchboard illustrations are striking and bold and the simple, yet poetic text will educate children about pollination and bees. Notes at the end provide additional information about the endangered rusty-patched bumblebee and suggestions for what kids and families can do to help bees.
Jun 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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On a winter day, take a look in a small hole and you will find a solitary rusty-patched queen bee. She waits all winter long, her body holding everything needed to create a new colony of bees that year. As the sun shines and spring comes, the bee awakens and travels from flower to flower, eating and eating. Now she must find where she will build her nest. Once she finds the right spot, she builds a pot of wax from her body and fills it with nectar to help her survive the rainy days and the long ...more
Jun 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Children's narrative nonfiction. The plight of bees and other pollinators has been discussed in many sources, but many of them have focused on the honeybee that lives in hives managed by beekeepers. This book focuses on the native rusty-patched bumble bee, where the queen lives underground in the winter and creates a whole colony herself with the arrival of spring. Seeing this process step by step is very cool- she finds pollen, lays eggs, feeds the larvae, and finally gets female worker bees wh ...more
Edward Sullivan
A wondrous close-up look at the life cycle of the rusty-patched bumblebee queen who carries an entire colony of bees inside her tiny body. Her story begins in the spring when she emerges from a hole in the ground to search for pollen. She finds a nest, lays a few eggs, and seals them in pollen. All summer this single queen lays more eggs, and more worker bees hatch. They gather pollen and maintain the colony until next year's queen hatches in the fall. The queen bee’s life unfolds through Claudi ...more
Jul 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful introduction to the life cycle of a honeybee, and pollination. I absolutely adored the illustrations. I think this would be great for storytime, especially for teachers that can take time and ask questions like "what are the bees doing right now, it's (blank) time of year" and inspire questions from kids like "how can we help the bees," etc. Love, love, love this book -- it'll definitely be a go-to for me. ...more
Catherine Woodman
Aug 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Beautifully illustrated, this children's picture book is very oriented towards nature, the earth, and doing what is right and good for the planet, all the while talking about bees. All pollinators should be highly valued because they help feed us--I used to see my mint bed as a weed, but now I see that it is full of bees and butterflies and I know that it has a role that is greater than providing herbs for us. A lovely book. ...more
Aug 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Story of the life of one queen bee, a rusty patched bee. Non-fiction about habitats and types of bees and what they need and where to locate them. Life cycle, colonies, underground nests as opposed to the ones hanging from trees. Good resource book on insects and bees.
Aug 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
BEAUTIFUL art and very thoroughly explains the lifecycle of a bumblebee. The humans look weird, but it is a very stylized book.
Landra Jennings
Jun 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Sweet and melodic, with gorgeous illustrations. All the informative backmatter seems to make this one that would be great for the elementary and middle grade classroom. Loved it.
Oct 11, 2021 rated it liked it
Another beautifully illustrated, informative and poetic title from the author of Creekfinding and collaborators
Jul 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Illustrations are just lovely in this book. Simple explanation of the life cycle of the bumble bee. Great for younger kids.
Sep 03, 2021 rated it liked it
Begins with a bee
Liza ketchum, jacqueline briggs martin, phyllis root
Illustrated by claudia mcgehee
About bees life cycle
Seasons changing
Patricia N. McLaughlin
Oct 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Beautiful woodcut-like illustrations dramatize the seasonal lifecycle of the rusty-patched bumblebee queen and her colony. Helpful Endnotes include a trove of information about bumble bees, pollination, bee threats, and ten ways to support pollinators.
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Also writes under the name Liza Ketchum Murrow.

Virginia Jefferson Cup Honor Book, Virginia Library Association, 1988, for West against the Wind; Children's Choice selection, 1989, for Good-bye, Sammy; best young-adult novel designation, American Library Association, 1990, and Mark Twain Award listee, 1991-92, both for Fire in the Heart; Mark Twain Award listee, and Sequoyah Award listee, both 1993

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