Bruno the Beekeeper: A Honey Primer by Aneta Františka Holasová. Translated by Andrew Lass. Candlewick, 2021. 9781536214611
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
What did you like about the book? Bruno the bear learned about bees from his grandparents, and is now an experienced beekeeper. In this sweet (pun intended) book of narrative non-fiction, he relates everything about bees, hives and harvesting honey. Wonderful realistic watercolor drawings and diagrams, along with lovely pastoral views of the countryside, Bruno and his (human) grandmother inform and delight. The palette of golden browns and yellows is perfect, and there are whimsical touches to the realistic parts, such a depiction of a worker bee giving a shower to the newly hatched larvae. Readers will learn so much about bees and beekeeping, and there is a recipe for Grandma’s gingerbread cookies at the end, along with an index. Think of this as non fiction along the lines of Magic School Bus, where fiction is mixed in with non fiction. Translated from Czech.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? For honey loving non fiction readers, ages 6-10.
Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? 599.79
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: May 10, 2021