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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Honeybees love flowers, especially those rich in the smell of sweet nectar. They buzz around flower gardens, collecting pollen. In fact, their collection process is so intense that the honeybee’s body is usually completely covered in pollen. All this happens while the honeybee’s long tongue collects the flower’s nectar. The pollen is distributed amongst other flowers as the honeybees flit from one flower to the next and the pollen and nectar are carried back to the hive where the bees work to make honey. It’s all very fascinating; a real community effort for a sweet end product. People don’t realize how the honeybee life cycle is so important to nature and to the existence of all living creatures, including humans.
Rich Linville’s picture book story, Bee Mine Save the Bees, is a real treasure with a powerful message to save the bees. This book is packed full of interesting and useful information on honeybees, shared in simple language and presented in a storytelling manner to interest young readers. The colorful illustrations help carry the story and the bullet-points accentuate the key issues. The most important lesson shared in this book is that everyone, every living creature in this world, has an important job to do, even honeybees, and everyone is valued for the job they do. The author stresses the importance and relevance of honeybees in the cycle of life and how vital it is to protect them, to save the bees for future generations, to save the bees for their strong work ethic in pollination and in the sweet nectar that becomes the honey so many of us enjoy. A real gem of a book.