By: Robin Nelson
Publisher: Lerner Publications
Publication Date: January 2012
Reviewed by: Deb Fowler
Review Date: February 2012
If you've ever seen a honey bear container at the store full of honey, you might just wonder how it got from a flower blossom into that container. Every spring when flowers open up "There is a sweet juice called nectar inside each flower." It isn't long before you'll see bees buzzing from one flower to the next. A bee's tongue is like a straw and they simply suck up the nectar. When they finish, they go home to their hives to give it to the other bees.
When the bees get the nectar they put it into a "honeycomb" that is made of wax. The honeycomb has holes and the "Bees fill each hole with nectar" and wait for it to dry and turn into honey. Many of these hives are manmade. Once the honey is made the beekeeper "takes the honeycomb out of the hive." You'll learn about the special clothing the beekeeper has to wear, how the honey is removed from the honeycomb, why he drains the honey, you'll see it being poured into jars, you'll finally see it on a store shelf, and will see a little girl pouring some on waffles.
This is a very basic, but high interest, beginning nonfiction book that newly independent readers will enjoy. Bold full page photographic illustrations follow a titled paragraph. For example, when we learn about how a bee uses its straw-like tongue, the title is "Bees drink nectar." In the back of the book is an index and glossary. This is one title in the series, "Start to Finish." There are free downloadable educational resources on the publisher's website.
Quill says: This is an excellent book that details how the nectar of flowers turn into honey.