Saturday, July 12, 2008

Clan Apis

Author: Jay Hosler

First line: Once upon a long, long time ago, there was a whole lot of nothing.

Why you should read this book: With buoyant, modern humor, the author puts a anthropomorphic face on the life of the honeybee while using his scientific knowledge to illustrate all facets of the creature's life cycle and behaviors. Nyuki is a bit of a smartass worker bee, thoughtful and sensitive, who eventually grows up, like all her sisters, to be a great boon to the community. The story's ending demonstrates the interconnectedness of all things and asks us to reexamine what it means to contribute to our own society.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You're too busy researching Colony Collapse Disorder or battling with bee mite infestations in your own hives.

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