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by Jay Hosler

Provides information about the life cycle and environment of honeybees through the story of Nyuki, from the hive called Clan Apis, as she matures from a larva into an adult bee and takes on more responsibilities within her community.
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ISBN: 096772550X
ISBN13: 978-0967725505
Category: Children
Subcategory: Animals
Author: Jay Hosler
Language: English
Publisher: Active Synapse; 2 edition (January 1, 2000)
Pages: 158 pages
ePUB size: 1110 kb
FB2 size: 1543 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 248
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I got my first copy of this book on recommendation of a friend who said the artwork and story were fantastic.
Upon first look I had to agree about the art, and as I read it I joined him in the story department as well.
Once you get used to the concept of anthropomorphic hymenoptera, the tale unfolds with an older bee passing on lore to a larva. There is a lot of pure science in here, and no better way for kids to learn all those facts about our hive dwelling friends than in the framework of a tale. There is plenty of humor and we get to meet some other insects, arachnids, and various other creatures who interact with bees, and even the flowers can talk here!
My first copy got glommed by a bee friend and passed around to all her bee keeper friends until it was dog eared and so I bought a pristine copy to keep for myself. The bee keepers loved it too.
My favorite part is not the science, but the author's postulation of what bee philosophy and theosophy would be, their worldview based on their short lives, but the importance of the continuation of the hive at all costs.
For comic lovers, bee lovers, and people who just enjoy a good story.
I have loved all three of these biology graphic novels--Clan Apis, Sandwalk, and Optical Allusions. But this was the first one to be produced and the last one I read, and I must say it's my favorite. It has more of a story to it than the other three, stronger "characters," and an actual dramatic arch that a reader can care about. There are moments of poignancy and philosophical musing that help punctuate or flesh out various biological facts about these most fascinating of organisms. If I were a science teacher, for fifth graders on up, this would be a top choice as a supplementary text. And any adult scientists or communicators looking for an example how to communicate important concepts cogently and entertainingly--while retaining accuracy--could do a lot worse than this book.
Clan Apis by Jay Hosler demonstrates the power of mixing illustration and text to convey complex topics in a fun, mesmerizing manner. Social insects operate on a system where thousands or millions of sisters share similar tasks, but Hosler narrates his story from the thoughts of one little bee as she first emerges from her hexagonal cell and metamorphoses from larvae to adult form.

As we follow her daily excursions, we are also inhaling the complicated information of a bee colony. Learning is fun and painless. Images are simple, but elegant in an artistic style that is well-matched with the text.

Bees need our attention and this book is one of the easiest ways to raise awareness and understanding of the importance of bees for our crops and therefore our survival. You will want to know more about bees and social insects when you finish. Ideal source material for reading classes, early biology, and social science, not to mention the art of creating a graphic novel.
My kids have loved reading this book. Fun and educational. Illustrations are great!
Just wonderful! Little exists in the way of scientific graphic novels for children and Jay Hosler is a gifted and engaging writer. Great humor, a little sadness and a lot of information. My child loves this book, he learned a lot about bees and thought it was very exciting and interesting story. The Sandwalk Adventures, also by Jay Hosler, is excellent as well.
Clan apis is the story of the life and times of Nyuki, a worker honey bee that struggles to understand where she fits into the structure, function and expansion of her hive. Clan apis was written to educate schoolchildren about the delightful and fascinating intricacies and the natural driving forces behind the activities of a honey bee hive, but it does so much more.

While the relationship between humans and honeybees has existed for thousands of years, it is safe to say that the relationship between honeybees and flowers has existed since the dawn of the honeybee in sub-Saharan Africa millions of years ago [1]. As beekeepers, it is easy to forget this link between flora and fauna as we fuss with our own hive management strategies. Thankfully, Hosler does an excellent job of bringing the evolutionary context to the fore, with an opening vignette of the creation of the universe from the honeybee's perspective--all beginning from the mother flower.

The book opens with a telling of the tale of the mother flower to the larval Nyuki*, by her sister, Dvorah.* This sets the stage for the two storylines that Hosler seamlessly interweaves through the book. The first is a story of Nyuki, a honeybee who refuses to take anything about life for granted, and her relationship to her older, wiser sister. Nyuki's life takes on familiar twists and turns that serve as a learning basis for children and a captivating story for adults. The other is more didactic; Hosler carefully plants basic facts about honey bee biology and ecology as carefully chosen lines in the story and clever images in the drawings. Like the best children's books, Clan Apis poignantly addresses some very sophisticated themes--the existence of a creator, the painful processes of adolescence, and even the inevitability of the end of life. And like the best adult books, it's informative and compelling; it stays with you long after you've turned the final page.

We offer just one warning to readers: This exceptional book can easily be devoured in a sitting, but it shouldn't be. Savor each page and Hosler's wonderful displays of skill and artistry. We are sure that at you will regret the turning of the last page, and hope that Hosler will continue to educate and entertain us with more bee adventures as much as we do.

I was concerned that this book was too educational to keep the attention of my 6-year-old son. There are long sections that explain how the insect world works and I thought the lack of action would lose him, but he was riveted the whole time. Each chapter had a funny line that kept him laughing for minutes. I read it to him last week and tonight he was still asking me questions about it.