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Buzz from flower to flower with a sweet honeybee in this timely, clever, and breathtakingly gorgeous picture book from critically acclaimed author Kirsten Hall and award-winning illustrator Isabelle Arsenault.
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With zooming, vibrant verse by Kirsten Hall and buzzy, beautiful illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault, this celebration of the critically important honeybee is a honey-sweet treasure of a picture book.
"Kirsten Hall (“The Jacket”) teams up with the gently magnificent illustrator Isabelle Arsenault (“Cloth Lullaby,” “Colette’s Lost Pet”) to bring readers the story of one year, from spring to spring, with the honeybees of a single hive. Hall’s charming text proceeds in lightly cadenced lines.... Arsenault’s illustrations capture something of the alien vision of bees — bees see a “bee purple” in flowers that is invisible to us — through a neon orange that she uses sparingly amid paler gouache, pencil and ink landscapes. Her flowers and grasses are drawn impressionistically, while the bees themselves are made more emotionally legible with cartoonish eyes and even smiles. Children will love tracing the erratic paths of the honeybees, and come away with a not too distorted sense of the little honey factory inside the unprepossessing, and previously terrifying, hive. The hexagons of honeycomb, as drawn by Arsenault, seem so perfect as to be fanciful precisely when they are fact.",
The New York Times Book Review
“Glorious… this lively work of nonfiction has a buoyant, enthusiastic tone… children will pick up not only a bit of information but also a sense of wonder and even admiration.”,
The Wall Street Journal
* "In bouncy, lilting verse and vibrant, inviting artwork, this ode to the humble honeybee is dripping with charm.... Hall's lively lines skitter around Arsenault's warm, honey-colored illustrations.... With occasional speech balloons and delightfully expressive gestures, the bees mirror the gleeful tone of the poem.... Arsenault's scenes are a captivating mixture of smudgy charcoals, soft yellows, and fluoresecent oranges, combining crisp shapes with more abstract figures. The entertaining tone and freewheeling art are a pure joy, but there's plenty of science here, too, and a closing note about the importance of bees to our ecosystem brings the point home. Boisterously written, gorgeously illustrated, and sneakily educational.",
Booklist, February 2018, *STARRED REVIEW*
The Honeybee is a delightful introduction to the crucial role of nature's hardest workers... Hall's language is rich and lively. Her cadence buzzes with all the energy of a hive.
The Honeybee is a joyful read-aloud - the rhymes and repetition are as much fun to speak as they are to hear. Quebec illustrator Isabelle Arsenault...brings the text to life with her signature mixed-media style... Hall and Arsenault are a perfect match. Each of their work acts to strengthen the other's; neither the words nor the pictures are overshadowed.
The Honeybee also strikes an ideal balance between fact and fiction, proving that accuracy and playfulness are not mutually exclusive.",
Quill & Quire, *STARRED REVIEW*
"Hall’s nimble rhyming verse and Arsenault’s warm illustrations provide an upclose visit with a friendly colony of anthropomorphized honeybees.... The text’s varied rhythms mimic a bee’s movements in a summery world; that atmosphere is captured in the mixed-media illustrations’ muted palette.... Bright pops of yellow-gold are used sparingly for pollen, honey, and a few flowers.... Hall’s appended page-long letter to readers (packed with bee wordplay) provides more information about pollination and emphasizes what readers can do to help protect honeybees.",
Horn Book Magazine
"Children will be buzzing to learn more about honeybees after reading this story. Hall takes her readers on a sunny romp throu