Thursday, April 17, 2014

Shelf Life [kids]

Flight of the Honey Bee by Raymond Huber, 32 pages.
@SPL:  J 595.799 Huber

A young honeybee, Scout, makes her first foray to search for flowers for the bees in her hive to harvest. She finds a sea of beautiful blossoms and visits one flower after another, sipping nectar while spreading pollen at the same time. Eventually she returns to the hive and dances instructions to her sister bees, who fly off to gather the nectar.

Her trip hasn’t been without some danger. She has escaped from an attacking blackbird, been grounded for a time by a storm, and had to be rescued by the guard bees when set upon by a wasp just outside the hive.

The story in this informative, brightly-illustrated picture book will keep the attention of preschoolers and children in the early grades as they learn about the role of the various bees within a colony, how honey is made, and about the very serious environmental problem of bee die-off.  Scout’s story is nicely supplemented with factual content, colourful illustrations and simple suggestions of how we can help “nature’s greatest pollinators”.

Raymond Huber is a New Zealand-based author, beekeeper and former primary-grade teacher.

** Recommended for ages 4 to 7 years.
Leatherback Turtles by E. Melanie Watt, 48 pages.
@SPL:  J 597.9289 Wat

With an average weight of about 900 kilograms (2000 pounds) and measuring more than 2.1 metres (seven feet) in length, leatherback turtles are not only the largest turtle species in the world but one of the largest living reptiles as well. And, as this book explains, leatherbacks have existed for at least 200 million years and were alive in the time of the dinosaurs.

Yet today, leatherback turtles are one of the world’s most endangered creatures – and their decline has been remarkably rapid. Pacific leatherback populations have decreased eighty percent in only the past ten years, and Atlantic leatherback populations are dropping quickly as well (with many being killed by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico).  If the current rate of decline isn’t stopped, leatherbacks will certainly not be with us much longer.

Many new efforts are being made to protect these unique creatures, and Melanie Watt’s book suggests ways in which we can help other turtle species too.

One of the titles in the “Animals on the Brink” series, this book includes many impressive photos to enhance its concise, well-organized factual content about one of the many endangered animals in our world today.

Being aware of and informed about the plight of endangered animals is important for children - on Earth Day and every other day of the year.

** Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years.      
This review appeared in the Stratford Gazette on April 17, 2014. Written by Sally Hengeveld, Librarian.

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