Saturday, August 10, 2013

Fall Reading 2013 The Case of the Vanishing Honeybees

I enjoy Sandra Markle's style, so I anticipated liking this book and I was not disappointed. Treating the topic as a mystery and presenting the theories and evidence from different experts creates an interesting narrative. It also chunks the information into logical sections that are easy to deal with individually, while still maintaining the flow of the book. As in her other books, the photographs are clear and well-captioned. The way the photos alternate with the pages of text gives readers a chance to digest the facts while they study the image, before they move on to the next possible cause of the vanishing bees.

Teachers will appreciate the well-researched and presented topic. Students will benefit from the glossary, and other back matter. There are lists of organizations to contact, as well as additional books and websites to check for more information on beekeeping. The table of contents and index facilitate the book's use for school assignments and reports.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.  The book will be in stores on October 1, 2013. 

Sandra has her own blog, where she talks about her writing. (There's a lot to talk about, she's written over 200 books.)  You can also catch up with her on her FaceBook page. We have quite a few of her books in the library, if you enjoy nonfiction you might want to check them out.   

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