Sunday, January 9, 2011

Burns, Loree Griffin The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe

Burns, Loree Griffin The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe
Houghton Mifflin/Clarion/Graphia/Kingfisher 2010 66 18.00
978-0-547-15231-8 elm/ms E-BNS
Scientists In the Field (HM)#8
Scientists across the globe are scrambling to solve a mystery that may compromise the world food supply -- why are honey bee colonies vanishing and dying?
What would a world without honey bees be like?

This is a valid – and disturbing -- question in view of the millions of bees that have died or vanished since colony collapse disorder (CCD) was first identified in 2006. CCD is a mystery that has scientists scrambling to find the cause – and a solution -- before the world’s food supply is irreparably compromised.

The author, a beekeeper herself, takes readers inside a beehive, while telling a compelling story of the decimation of pollinating insects world-wide – and the collaboration of scientists and beekeepers in researching the alarming drop in honey bee populations. The stunning, high-quality photographs (by Ellen Harasimowicz) draw the readers into a clear, succinct text that investigates the race to solve a real-life disaster-in-progress.

Information is presented in an accessible and appealing manner, from the book’s scrapbook-style layout and clear, concise glossary, through the descriptions of bee keeping, hives, bee anatomy, and bee society

This book is relevant, exciting -- in short, superlative -- and should be considered for the ALSC Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal.
This is a superlative, informative volume on bees, bee-keeping, and colony collapse disorder. Welliver, Hilary
Colony collapse disorder of honeybees;

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