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Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite
Painting for Honey Bees: A Beekeeper Educates with Art by Donalyn Kent is a wonderfully educational story about honey bees. In the story, the kids at school are excited because today is the day that the Honey Bee Man comes to visit. The Honey Bee Man is Unkle Ray and it is his job to teach the students about honey bees. Unkle Ray is a beloved visitor to the school. The kids know that his presentation is never boring so they are all excited. Unkle Ray begins by telling a few facts about honey bees. I personally never knew the difference between a nest and a beehive, but am happy that I know now.
I chose to read Painting for Honey Bees with my 5-year-old daughter because she is curious about bees. I am very glad to have read this book because Kent taught both of us a great deal about honey bees. Kent educates the reader about honey bees through a fun little story. I was impressed by how this book is FILLED with facts and information about honey bees. Kent has highlighted all the bee terminology in the story in blue. At the end of the book, the reader will find a glossary explaining what those words mean. Kent also included a page of honey bee facts, such as honey bees can fly 12 to 15 miles per hour. Kent even tells the reader how to identify the different kinds of honey bees. The story was a little advanced for my child to read on her own, so I recommend this book to ages 10 and up. This is definitely a book schools should have, as well as anywhere that sells flowers or honey.