Tag: Loree Griffin Burns

#Nonfiction Monday #kidlit: Honeybee Rescue:

Coming out just in time from World Bee Day May 20, we have the nonfiction picture book, Honeybee Rescue: A Backyard Drama by Loree Burns and with photographs by Ellen Harasimowicz.

When a honey bee colony gets too crowded, a portion of the bees split off to find a new place to live, which is called “swarming”. Sometimes the bees of the swarm set up their new nest in an inconvenient place, like inside a house. Find out how bee rescuer Mr. Jon Nelson safely captures wild honey bees and moves them into a hive box for relocation. It’s a fascinating process!

Photographs are detailed and close-up, so the reader feels like they are standing right next to the bee rescuer.

The most amazing part is that Mr. Nelson doesn’t wear fancy protective clothing. That because he lives in a place where the honey bees are relatively gentle and because he knows exactly how to act around bees to keep them calm.

Honeybee Rescue would be perfect, of course, for budding beekeepers and entomologists. However, it might also be important to share with young readers who are scared of honey bees. Reading about things that frighten us often lessens those fears.

In any case, sweeten your week with a copy of this heartwarming book!

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Reading age ‏ : ‎ 5 – 8 years
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Charlesbridge (May 10, 2022)
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1623542391
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1623542399

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Fabulous New Children’s Book: Beetle Busters

The trees of eastern North America have been having it tough in the last century or so. First the American chestnut was wiped out by the chestnut blight fungus. Then the American elms were killed by Dutch elm disease, which is carried by a tiny beetle. Many forests were ravaged by an outbreak of gypsy moths in the 1980s. More recently ash trees are being killed by the emerald ash borer. In a new middle grade nonfiction book, Beetle Busters: A Rogue Insect and the People Who Track It  (Scientists in the Field Series) by Loree Griffin Burns and illustrated by Ellen Harasimowicz, we learn about another insect that is attacking hardwood trees:  the Asian longhorned beetle.

The North American infestation of Asian longhorned beetles, Anoplophora glabripennis, was first noticed in 1996 in New York City. Because the beetles don’t move far from their emergence site, officials decided the best policy is to destroy all infested trees by cutting them down and chipping them in an effort to eradicate the insects.

Eradication, or complete removal of an organism from an area where it is unlikely to re-occur, has been used with mixed success against insects (see for example, Eradication and Pest Management, Annual Review of Entomology, Vol. 43: 471-491, 1998). In her Author’s Note, Loree Griffin Burns admits that she questioned whether attempting to eradicate the beetles from her community in Massachusetts by cutting down and chipping many trees was going to be a successful tactic. In an effort to find out more, she gathered the materials that would eventually become the book.


Anoplophora_glabripennis1(Public domain image of Asian Longhorn Beetle by James Appleby, University of Illinois)

Beetle Busters contains information about the life cycle of the beetle, the history of its introduction to North America, details about how scientists are studying the insects, and a in-depth explanation how concerned citizens can get involved. Burns also reveals some information about how cutting down trees changes habitats and some evidence that ecosystems can recover eventually through succession.

This book is another wonderful addition to the award-winning Scientists in the Field series. Although written at the middle grade level, it will be a valuable resource for older readers, as well. If you live in eastern North America and are interested in nature and science, and particularly in trees, this book a must read.


The USDA has a website with information and links for reporting sightings of the beetles (http://asianlonghornedbeetle.com/) with a link to a page of useful resources for educators.

Age Range: 10 – 14 years
Grade Level: 5 – 9
Series: Scientists in the Field Series
Hardcover: 64 pages
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1st Edition, 1st Printing edition (October 7, 2014)
ISBN-10: 0547792670
ISBN-13: 978-0547792675

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