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Follow That Bee!

Reviewed by Anand Balasubramani^1

Follow That Bee! introduces kids to bees and
urban beekeeping. The book describes an
afternoon that five friends—Martin, Nick,
Yulee, Sally, and Pedro—spend with Mr.
Cardinal, an urban beekeeper. Mr. Cardinal
starts by telling the kids that bees like to
eat both nectar and pollen from flowers and
explains how to set up a bee-friendly gar-
den. The kids learn fun facts about bees and
the importance of bees as pollinators. (My
favorite factoid was that bees cannot see the
color red and thus prefer purple, blue, and
yellow flowers.)
Mr. Cardinal then introduces the kids to
the roles of different bees in a hive and how
they talk to each other. When they learn that

bees communicate with each other by danc-
ing, the children start dancing too.
Later on, a bee stings Nick’s foot. Mr. Car-
dinal, pulling out the stinger and cleaning
the wound, uses this as an opportunity to
remind the kids that they should be very
careful around bees. Toward the end of the
visit, he shows the kids how he uses smoke
to calm the bees when he collects honey
from their hives, and they help him bottle
the honey.
Scot Ritchie’s book contains some superb
illustrations of bees and the hives they live
in. It also does an excellent job of explain-
ing the importance of urban beekeeping and
offers tips for how both kids and adults can
give bees a helping hand, such as by limiting
the use of pesticides and by setting up baths
for bees to drink water from in our gardens.

Follow That Bee! A First Book of Bees in the City,
Scot Ritchie, Kids Can Press, 2019, 32 pp.

When Sue Found Sue
Reviewed by Jennifer Sills^2

For children who constantly fill their pock-
ets with treasures, there is the story of Sue
Hendrickson. A child who loved to find
things, Hendrickson grew up to discover a
skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex.
In When Sue Found Sue, we learn that
Hendrickson, who was shy and isolated in
her early years, had little formal school-
ing but lots of curiosity. The story briefly
touches on Hendrickson’s early career div-
ing for lost ships and mining for amber
before turning to her work digging for di-
nosaur fossils in South Dakota. There, she
and a team of paleontologists—all driven by
a passion for finding things—faced intense
heat and spartan accommodations.
One day, Hendrickson ventured off alone
and spotted bones she knew belonged to


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Wishlist-worthy books for young readers

From cryptic ciphers and wall-climbing robots to dinosaur digs and visits to the planetarium, this

year’s finalists for the Science Books and Films (SB&F) Prizes for Excellence in Science Books are packed

with fun facts, easy-to-do experiments, and plenty of creepy-crawly creatures. Sponsored by Subaru and

the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, the publisher of Science), the SB&F

competition celebrates high-quality science books for young readers. Read on for reviews of the finalists,

written by the staff of the Science family of journals, with help from a few friends. —Valerie Thompson

Published by AAAS

on December 12, 2019^

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