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To Bee or Not to Bee: An Exploration of the Life and Times of the Honey Bee, 2nd Edition

  • Anastasia Bake
  • ISBN-10: 0176877533
  • ISBN-13: 9780176877538
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2018
  • COPYRIGHT: 2019 Published
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About the Product

To Bee or Not to Bee ~ An Exploration of The Life and Times of the Honey Bee represents a conscious and systematic selection of meaningful content that threads throughout the curriculum. Although the text’s subject is the honey bee, to avoid distinctive professional paths, it combines several academic disciplines into one global topic. Students are living in a world that is complex and ever-changing. Fostering an appreciation and understanding of the benefit of multi-disciplinary knowledge is crucial and supports holistic education. The ability to make connections, to solve problems by looking at multiple viewpoints, and to incorporate information from different fields, will be an essential ingredient for success in the future. The text begins with an examination of the history of beekeeping, and today’s economic and environmental impact are described and evaluated. Also studied are the honey bee life cycle, anatomy, and their society. In the Flower Power chapter, topics shift to basic plant anatomy and the processes of pollination and fertilization. The text also explores subjects that examine the contemporary dynamics of the physical, natural, social and cultural worlds. The primary threats to the honey bee, as well as past and present social justice advocates, provide enough food for thought to nurture the evaluation of present-day beliefs, habits, traditions, and values. The text concludes by celebrating the lives of many environmental advocates. All these woven themes offer various perspectives, and as all botanists will attest, cross-pollination creates a stronger plant, and I would add a much more fertile mind. The last overarching goal of this text is to provide some essential knowledge to awaken one’s spirit to the honey bee’s plight. It is often through our concern and compassion for the well-being of others that we become inspired to act. Perhaps in time, the collective voice and efforts of thousands will secure the honey bee’s survival.


  • Beautiful illustrations and photos that compliment clear and uncluttered writing.

  • The shifting and sorting of subjects are creatively presented, as one chapter nicely cascades core issues from one to the next.

  • Chapter Objectives start each chapter, and Key Terms and Study Questions are at the end of each section. They are included to reinforce important concepts.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: A Historical Look at the Relationship between the Honey Bee and Human Society
Chapter 2: Welcome to the Hive ~ The Honey Bee Life Cycle, Society & Behaviour
Chapter 3: The Anatomy of the Honey Bee ~ The Apis mellifera
Chapter 4: Flower Power
Chapter 5: Beekeeping
Chapter 6: Major Threats to the Honey Bee
Chapter 7: Social Justice and Advocacy ~ Beelieve