Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe by Loree G. Burns

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From the Publisher: "Without honey bees the world would be a different place. There would be no honey, no beeswax for candles, and, worst of all, barely a fruit, nut, or vegetable to eat. So imagine beekeeper Dave Hackenburg’s horror when he discovered twenty million of his charges had vanished. Those missing bees became the first casualties of a mysterious scourge that continues to plague honey bee populations today. In The Hive Detectives, Loree Griffin Burns profiles bee wranglers and bee scientists who have been working to understand colony collapse disorder, or CCD. In this dramatic and enlightening story, readers explore the lives of the fuzzy, buzzy insects and learn what might happen to us if they were gone."
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, 2010, 66 pp.


  1. I think the book will tell everybody that reads it that bees are helpful. They only sting when scared.

    Emma H.

  2. I liked the book a lot and found it very intresting. I learned thing that I thought I would never know.

  3. I thought that the book "The Hive Detectives" was very good. It was informative as well as a real mystery. The book is organized into chapters. What I mean is that there are separate chapters for facts about bees, and other chapters for the story, which is that two beekeepers are trying to figure out what happened to all their missing bees. The chapters were different from other books because they were only about one character at a time. Some chapters were about Mary, a beekeeper. Other chapters were about Dave and his son Davey, people who run a honey company. So you can definitely know who the author is talking about. In addition to that, the pictures are phenomenal! They are in color, sometimes enlarged, and captions tell you what's going on in the picture. I would highly recommend this book!