The Beekeepers: How Humans Changed the World of Bumble Bees by Dana L. Church


The Beekeepers: How Humans Changed the World of Bumble Bees by Dana L. Church, Published by Scholastic Focus, 9781338565546, 2020

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book? Looking for information about bumble bees, here is a text that will serve you well.  Laid out chapter by chapter, this text covers a myriad of topics concerning bumble bees.  This title not only covers the life cycle and foraging habits of these furry little guys, it also covers their impact on our world and how humans have impacted the species as a whole.  Noting invasive bumbles and their effect on native species of bees as well as other insects, it also explores their relationship to honey bees.  Well thought out and informative, this would be an asset to future entomologists.  Footnotes cover information that a layperson may not know and helps readers to navigate this scientific subject.  End pages consist not only of well worded references, but a glossary, photo credits, and index.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?  The book was extremely helpful; however, with so much information, it was dry at times.  The age levels recommended are not correct.  This would be a good title for grades five and up, even adults who wish to learn about the subject, not the grades 3 to 7 as indicated by the publisher.

To whom would you recommend this book? Readers in grades 5 and up who enjoy entomology or specifically bees would enjoy this title. 

Who should buy this book? This would be a good purchase for teachers who cover adaptations or environment or public libraries that need more nonfiction on bumble bees.  

Where would you shelve it? Nonfiction, Insects

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  I feel that this title would reside very near the top of the “to read” pile.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Elena Schuck, Nathaniel H. Wixon School Library, Dennis, Massachusetts

Date of review: June 5, 2021

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