by Thea Feldman
Kingfisher, Kingfisher Readers, 2013
Level1 Beginning to Read
Nonfiction early reader
“Buzz! What is that? It is a bee!”
The introduction to this early nonfiction reader is followed by a large photograph of a bee, designed, to catch the reader’s interest. The text continues with interesting bee facts like why it buzzes, why they fly from flower to flower, the life cycle, and where they live, along with other bee details. The final page reviews the information and back matter in this 32 page book includes a glossary.
This book is a wonderful way to introduce nonfiction to beginning readers and gets a jump start on the Common Core need to include informational texts in the curriculum. The set goes up to Level 5, but Busy as a Bee is a great way to start young readers with nonfiction.
After reading the book, list the facts the reader learned about bees. Then read about ants, another animal living in a community. Write down the ant facts, and then make a chart to compare some of the ways they are alike and different.
National Geographic has good ant information.
KidsKonnect has more ant facts.
National Science Standard: organisms and their environment
Common Core: Ask and answer questions about key details (RI.1.1); identify the main topic and recall key details of a text (RI.1.2)
Book provided by Kingfisher.