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A Taste of Honey
Written by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
Illustrated by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace


School Library Journal, 6/1/2001
“A delightful and informative picture book illustrated with colorful, 3-D quality paper cutouts. Young Lily Bear asks her father where honey comes from and he backtracks through all of the stages, back to the bee. . . . The text is brief yet full of interesting detail, using sidebars for additional facts. The clear, clean images further extend the descriptions. A honey game and a facts page round out the presentation. . . . this is an irresistible addition to any bookshelf.”


Bookselling This Week, Kids' Pick of the Lists, 4/2/2001
“The route of honey production is explained to Lily Bear by her father, working from the ultimate bottle of honey back to the bees. Engaging paper cutouts illustrate the text . . . but the reader can also delve into the margins for sweet tidbits about honey from around the world and play a board game from ‘bee'ginning to honey.”


Kirkus Reviews, 3/1/2001
“ ‘Poppy, where does honey come from?' asks an inquisitive little bear in this charming picture book by the author/illustrator of Apples, Apples, Apples (2000). Grandpa explains it step-by-step, beginning with buying the jar of honey at the local market. Unlike other titles that begin with bees and flowers and work forward to the end product of honey on the table, Wallace uses a clever backward design, starting with a spoonful of honey, explaining how it got to the market, came from a honey farm, was pulled from the comb with a honey extractor, and so on. . . . Appealing paper collages in bright primary colors help to illustrate the meaning of the information. Double-paged layouts are visually striking, and young children who aren't ready for words can read the images. . . . The author includes information on the bees' waggle dance, kinds of flowers that are used for honey, a honey board game, and interesting honey facts. The book ends as it began, with a question, as Lily asks: ‘Poppy, where does bread come from?' It is to be hoped that Wallace will tell young readers all about that in a new title equally as fine.”



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