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Candace Fleming

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera

$18.99

The 2021 Robert F. Sibert Book Medal Winner

Take to the sky with Apis, one honeybee, as she embarks on her journey through life!

A tiny honeybee emerges through the wax cap of her cell. Driven to protect and take care of her hive, she cleans the nursery and feeds the larvae and the queen. But is she strong enough to fly? Not yet!

Apis builds wax comb to store honey, and transfers pollen from other bees into the storage. She defends the hive from invaders. And finally, she begins her new life as an adventurer.

The confining walls of the hive fall away as Apis takes to the air, finally free, in a brilliant double-gatefold illustration where the clear blue sky is full of promise — and the wings of dozens of honeybees, heading out in search of nectar to bring back to the hive.

Eric Rohmann's exquisitely detailed illustrations bring the great outdoors into your hands in this poetically written tribute to the hardworking honeybee. Award-winning author Candace Fleming describes the life cycle of the honeybee in accessible, beautiful language.

"The drama and suspense are positively riveting." — The New York Times

"Fleming describes in meticulous detail many of the myriad roles a worker honeybee plays in the colony . . . Rohmann rises to the challenge of a story mostly set in dark, confined quarters and a limited palette of black, brown, and honey yellow with stunning views of Apis and her sisters, each tiny hair and segment lovingly delineated. . . . Like its subject, a wonder to behold." — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Hardcover picture book.