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Children's Nonfiction Insects, Spiders, Etc.

The Beekeepers: How Humans Changed the World of Bumble Bees (Scholastic Focus)

by (author) Dana L. Church

Publisher
Scholastic Inc
Initial publish date
Mar 2021
Category
Insects, Spiders, etc., Environmental Science & Ecosystems, Endangered
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781338565546
    Publish Date
    Mar 2021
    List Price
    $25.99
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781338565560
    Publish Date
    Mar 2021
    List Price
    $20.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7

Description

Dive deep into the world of this everyday insect -- and the science behind its uncertain future.

 

Bumble bees are as familiar to most of us as the flowers these fuzzy insects feed upon. But did you know that the bees in your garden could be escapees from a local greenhouse, or descended from stowaways on a Viking ship?

Bumble bees are a vital part of our lives and Earth's ecosystems, so much so that we've commercialized their breeding and shipped them across states, countries, and ecosystems for our benefit. However, all of that human interference has consequences. Bumble bees are pushing out native species and altering ecosystems worldwide. Pesticide use has led to the spread of disease in local colonies. And some species may be disappearing entirely.

The Beekeepers is an expertly researched overview of bumble bees -- from hive hierarchies to how their brains work -- and the passionate humans and scientists who are fighting for their survival. With a thoughtful and accessible voice, researcher Dana Church introduces readers to the fascinating world of bumble bees, how and why some are thriving while others are floundering, and how both experts and regular citizens are working to ensure their future. Equal parts endearing, frustrating, and hopeful, this scientific narrative is essential for readers looking to understand and make an impact on our changing world.

 

About the author

Dana Church studied bumble bees for her PhD at the University of Ottawa, Canada. As a kid she loved making little books about science topics. This is her first published book. She lives in southern Ontario with her husband, two children, and their big, black, friendly dog. You can find out more about Dana and her writing at danachurchwriter.com.

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