Turn This Book Into a Beehive!
Bees may be scary to some, but they’re integral to the environment. With loads of information and 20 activities, Turn This Book Into a Beehive! introduces kids to the remarkable mason bee, a non-aggressive, non-stinging super-pollinator that does the work of over 100 honeybees.
Author Lynn Brunelle (who was stung eight times as a child) tells readers all about the mason bee: how they can tell intruder bees by their scent, the colony’s power and its protocol, how bees communicate via “dance,” and more.
In addition to directions to build a wooden hive, Brunelle offers the material (the book cover and pages) and directions to make and decorate a home for mason bees: Tear out the perforated paper — each illustrated as a different room in a house (thanks, Anna-Maria Jung) —roll the sheets into tubes, enclose the tubes using the book’s cover, and hang the structure outside. Assuming the right temperatures, the bees will arrive, pack mud into the tubes, and begin pollinating backyard plants.
Clever, informative and fun.
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