Honeybee's Poem

Volume 5 (Honeybee Series)

Children - Educational
37 Pages
Reviewed on 02/05/2014
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Author Biography

Jeanette Vuuren (Jansen van Vuuren) lives in Adelaide, Australia with her husband and two children.

Her educational background as a qualified teacher with a further diploma in Remedial Education and over fourteen years teaching experience, gained in South Africa, the UK and Australia has given her a deep empathy and understanding for the special needs of students.

Working with Kindergarten to Year 11 students, with diverse backgrounds, in different subject fields as a mainstream, special needs and remedial teacher, helped her adapt her teaching strategies to meet the individual needs of students.

She especially aims to write educational and story books, including the relevant concepts applicable for specific age groups, integrating learning content with different curriculum, subject fields and life lessons.

While staying at home when her two children were young, her passion for writing started when she was doing research on remedial education and learning disabilities, creating integrated lesson plans for differentiated classes.

She pursued her passion for writing in 2009 to assist a student who was not able to sound out words, but made up her own story by looking at the pictures.
Jeanette has published her first series on honeybees and is in the process of expanding the series with teachers' resources, fun activities and other series and will have it available in paperback soon.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Patricia Reding for Readers' Favorite

One of a series of children’s educational books, Honeybee’s Poem by Jeanettte Vuuren is the fifth in a twelve-part series about honeybees, which is part of the greater Clever Minds Series. In Honeybee’s Poem, Vuuren offers general information about honeybees, much of which is elaborated upon in other editions in the series. Told in the form of a poem, and accompanied by lively, colorful illustrations by Sudipta Dasgupta, Honeybee’s Poem is presented in a simple to read font. Opening with a hive hanging from a tree, the text instructs young readers about how a honeybee hatches from an egg to larva, spins a cocoon, and ultimately breaks free. The bee’s eyes, tongue, antennae, thorax, legs, and other body parts are presented in colorful and interesting illustrations. Vuuren then proceeds to identify the queen bee, drones, and worker bees by gender and chore.

The general information in Honeybee’s Poem is instructional and easy to understand and is presented in an easy to read format. Added to the text are delightful illustrations. The bright yellow, smiling honeybees forage from flower to flower, and even share a dance with their cohorts to instruct them as to where those flowers may be found. Followed by a word list, teachers will have found a teaching aid that includes all the important information at the turn of a page. Best of all, children will be turning those pages quickly and repeatedly as they investigate the lively and curious world of the honeybee.