Earlier this summer my ten-year old daughter and I were reading books about pigs: Charlotte’s Web, Babe the Gallant Pig, and Ace: A Very Important Pig. From there we started re-reading The Complete Book of Pooh, but needed something new to read. After chatting with the honey vendor at the local farmers’ market, we decided to learn about honeybees.
I found The Life and Times of the Honeybee on Amazon (I was able to purchase a used hard cover copy from them for $2.99 and still receive free shipping). Hannah and I have been learning a lot about bees and are fascinated with this small part of God’s creation.
Did you know that honeybees have to visit more than one million blossoms to collect enough nectar to make just one pound of honey? Here are Hannah’s favorite facts about honeybees:
- when they collect pollen, the bees store it in “pollen baskets” on their back legs to carry it back to the hive;
- that if she grew as much as a young bee does in 24 hours, she would weigh 330 pounds!
In other news, it was rainy and chilly here this weekend, so Hannah set up a camping trip in our foyer. The campsite included a campfire made of tinkertoys, a lantern to read by, and a cat and a pig to listen to the stories.
Enjoy your day and if you add honey to your tea or a biscuit, think about all the work that went into the spoonful of sweetness.