by Hurley, Jorey

"An exploration of the life cycle of bees and how they construct hives and make honey."-

Jorey Hurley studied art history at Princeton, received her law degree at Stanford, and studied design at FIT. She worked as a textile designer for Hable Construction in New York City and is now based in San Francisco, where she lives with her husband and their two small children. Nest, her debut, was called &;stunning&; in a starred review from School Library Journal. Fetch, her second book, was called a &;delight&; by Publishers Weekly in a starred review. She is also the author of Every Color Soup and Skyscraper. Visit her at

Large Photoshop illustrations reveal the business and busyness of bees in this informational picture book. In a mere 15 words (the first one: buzz), the book succinctly explains what bees do in a simple format for very young children. One word in large, lowercase letters appears on each double-page spread and clear, graphic illustrations fill the pages using appealing pastel hues. Through a meadow blooming with lavender and periwinkle-colored flowers, a honeybee leads a "swarm" toward their new home, where the queen bee will "lay" her eggs. After the new bees emerge from their honeycomb, they will then "pollinate" plants and "collect" "honey." If their honey source is threatened, they will use their only available weapon-a sting-to dissuade the intruder, though it will cost them their lives. The leaves on the trees shift from green to orange, indicating a change in seasons. An author's note at the conclusion explains all the words used in the text, highlighting each one in capital letters. A clever and attractive resource for the youngest set. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Hurley applies her trademark minimalist approach to a spring-through-fall sojourn with a colony of honeybees. The text has but 15 words, one per double-page spread: "buzz / swarm / explore / find / build / lay / feed / grown / fly / collect / pollinate / guard / sting / keep / honey." Muted, matte illustrations depict the action: The swarm flies above early-summer flowers till the bees happen upon a hollow tree, where they establish their hive. The queen lays eggs; workers feed the larvae. The metamorphosed adult bees collect pollen and nectar from tangerine-colored fall blooms and defend the hive from a marauding skunk in order to have honey enough to last the winter. For all the graphic simplicity of Hurley's images (gardeners will be scratching their heads as to the specific types of some of these flowers), her depiction of bee behavior is accurate. She takes considerable artistic license with the depiction of the hive in unrealistically exposing it within the enormous hole in the tree's trunk, but the device allows readers to see a curtainlike pane of wax comb within and takes a visual stand against the all-too-common erroneous depiction of a beehive as a wasps' nest. An author's note fills in the narrative conveyed by the illustrations, the words of the text helpfully printed in uppercase so that caregivers can expand on each spread for curious listeners. Simple, beautiful, surprisingly accurate. (Informational picture book. 3-6) Copyright Kirkus 2019 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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