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Friendly bees, ferocious bees / by Mona Kerby.

By: Kerby, Mona.
Material type: TextTextSeries: A First book.Publisher: New York : F. Watts, 1987Description: 96 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 053110303X (lib. bdg.); 9780531103036 (lib. bdg.).Subject(s): Honeybee -- Juvenile literature | Africanized honeybee -- Juvenile literature | Bee culture -- Juvenile literature | Cooking (Honey) -- Juvenile literatureDDC classification: 595.79/9 LOC classification: QL568.A6 | K425 1987Summary: Describes the physical characteristics, habits, and natural environment of honeybees and Africanized bees. Also discusses beekeeping and includes recipes using honey.
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Bibliography: p. 93.

Includes index.

Describes the physical characteristics, habits, and natural environment of honeybees and Africanized bees. Also discusses beekeeping and includes recipes using honey.

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Gr 4-7 This general introduction to honeybees is clearly written; however, the quality of information given varies, limiting the book's usefulness. The first five chapters, plus chapter seven, are the most thorough and best organized sections. They examine anatomy; physical characteristics of the queen, worker, drone, and their respective functions; the honeybee's life cycle; honey-making; worker bee ``dances''; common diseases; and natural enemies. The remaining chapters, which include information on Africanized (``killer'') bees; beekeeping; beehunts; and cooking with honey, attempt to cover too many topics in too little space; as a result, important details are omitted. A chapter that is presented as a guide to beginning beekeepers gives very little ``how-to'' information. It also fails to mention that zoning ordinances should be checked before setting up beehivessome cities ban them. Kerby gives instructions on tracking down wild swarms of bees up to the point of cutting down trees, but she does not explain how to safely extract the bees. (Other beekeeping books recommend beehunting for experienced beekeepers only.) Clear black-and-white photos and line drawings illustrate the text; however, the majority do not closely match it. Much the same information on honeybees can be found in Fischer-Nagel's Life of the Honeybee (Carolrhoda, 1985), which includes superior color photos. Pringle's Here Come the Killer Bees (Morrow, 1986) contains more in-depth information on Africanized bees. Karey Wehner, San Francisco Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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