The Case of the Vanishing Honeybees: A Scientific Mystery

The Case of the Vanishing Honeybees: A Scientific Mystery by Sandra Markle was a nominee for the 2015-16 South Carolina Children’s Book Award.

The Case of the Vanishing Honeybees is a good book for introducing elementary and middle grade students to the topic of Colony Collapse Disorder. They may have heard that honeybees are disappearing, but, like many adults, they may not know why or what the potential impact could be. This book attempts to provide possible reasons for CCD, but it also lets readers know that even the scientific community still doesn’t fully understand all of the reasons for CCD. A number of factors may be at work, but all can agree that this is a serious problem that could have catastrophic consequences.

This informative book offers a detailed look at honeybees, their life cycles, roles in the hive and larger environment, as well as what could be leading to CCD and how readers can help honeybees to thrive once again.

The Case of the Vanishing Honeybees would be a great addition to upper elementary classrooms that are studying animal behavior and/or human impact on animals and the environment.

My two cents: As I was reading this book, I found it to be rather complicated. The writing, in my opinion, may be too complex for some young readers to comprehend. It was somewhat dry, and I have my doubts that it will hold students’ interest. I’m on the lookout for similar books that cover the same content in a more kid-friendly, entertaining way.


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