These Bees Count!

How do bees count? The bees at the Busy Bee Farm buzz through the sky as one big swarm, fly over two waving dandelions, find three wild strawberries dripping tasty nectar…As the children in Mr. Tate’s class listen, they learn how bees work to produce honey and make food and flowers grow. Bees count—they’re important to us all. Alison Formento’s gentle message is illustrated with Sarah Snow’s bright, realistic papercuts.

  • 32 Pages
  • 10.75" x 8.5"
  • 9780807578681
  • March 2012

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  • The adventures of this multicultural class of kids are sure to interest readers, and Snow makes it easy to identify and count the items in the pictures. After learning all about how bees count, readers will be counting on Mr. Tate’s class to give them another environmental armchair trip.

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • Formento’s fresh, crisp digital images bring visual variety to the message about the importance of bees in food chains.

    - Publishers Weekly

  • With a light, informative narrative and pleasant digital-collage artwork, this picture book offers an engaging introduction to bees.

    - Booklist Online

  • The collage illustrations are a delight, featuring an inviting landscape of fields and flowers…The sense of texture in the pictures is palpable to the point that one is almost surprised to find that the paper is flat and smooth.

    - School Library Journal

Awards & Accolades

  • A 2013 Skipping Stones Honor Award Winner
  • A 2013 CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People


Sarah Snow


Common Core

RL.K-3.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,10 M.K.CC.5


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.50
  • ATOS Level: 3.90