What children should and would like to know about bees before they need to know everything (it's Gateway, notice, not Allabout). An introductory chapter describes the structure and function of the parts of a bee; a second latches onto experience and observation, divides bees into social and solitary groups. The best-known of the former are honeybees: one chapter finds them working, another observes their dance patterns. Bumblebees (and how they differ from honeybees) and solitary bees complete the coverage of the bee stingdom (others don't). The two concluding chapters describe animals and bees, men and bees; in the former there's the honey guide, a bird, and its partner the honey badger; in the latter there's a brief history of beekeeping. The interest-oriented organization is really quite sensible and sound; the text is lucid, the illustrations plentiful and attractively precise. Among the many books on bees, this is one of the best for children advancing from the curiosity to the scientific level.