The Beeman

  "The Beeman", by Laurie Krebs and Valeria Cis


"The Beeman", by Laurie Krebs and Valeria Cis

The Beeman, written by Laurie Krebs and impeccably illustrated by Valeria Cis, is a cute and very educational book about a little boy whose grandfather is known around town as "the beeman". This is, of course, because his grandfather is a bee keeper. In my opinion, children as young as 3 will enjoy this book, although the official recommendation is ages 5-9.

 A grandfather teaches his grandson the basics of beekeeping in this charming Barefoot Book.

A grandfather teaches his grandson the basics of beekeeping in this charming Barefoot Book.

The grandson narrates the life of his grandfather, showing us the clothing and tools of the trade. It goes fairly in depth, talking about smokers, extractors, and, of course, bees.

 "The Beeman" teaches the different types of honeybees and the job they all play in the hive.

"The Beeman" teaches the different types of honeybees and the job they all play in the hive.

Lots and lots and lots of bees. He shows us the queen, the drones, the workers, and the house bees, tells us the differences between their bodies, and describes their jobs.

 Lots and lots and lots of bees. Can you find the queen?

Lots and lots and lots of bees. Can you find the queen?

Like many Barefoot Books, at the back of "The Beeman" is an additional appendix, going into more detail about the things in the book. In this case, we learn more about bees, beekeeping, honey, and how important it is for us to care for bees (including returning some of their honey to them).

 An important lesson on sustainability: allow others enough to live, too.

An important lesson on sustainability: allow others enough to live, too.

There is also a (really good) recipe for "Grandma's Apple Honey Muffins", which are eaten in the book.

 Recipe for Apple and Honey Muffins. Thanks, Barefoot Books! Yummy!

Recipe for Apple and Honey Muffins. Thanks, Barefoot Books! Yummy!

"The Beeman" is short and the plot is fairly simple, but there's a lot of very accessible information in there. If your children are at all into bees, honey, farming, or just curious about how things are made or where things come from, they'll likely ask for this Barefoot Book over and over! (Damien has forbidden me from selling ours, despite us having multiple copies.) And baking together after reading it adds for extra fun!