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HONEYBEE by Naomi Shihab Nye

HONEYBEE

Poems

By Naomi Shihab Nye

Age Range: 12 & up

Pub Date: March 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-06-085390-7
Publisher: Greenwillow/HarperCollins

Mixing memory, science and social issues, these selections vary widely in their accessibility and interest. As always, however, Nye’s sheer joy in communicating, creativity and caring shine through. The focus shifts continually—from honeybees (champion communicators, threatened species) to the continuing violence in the Middle East to memories of childhood (her own and her son’s) to specific situations in which people manage to transcend their differences. These shifts in tone, topic and format require both flexibility and concentration from readers. Rereading, however, is rewarded because of delicate connections and graceful phrases that might be missed the first time through. While much of the work is serious in tone, there are moments of humor also. Most likely to appeal to adults and older teens, this will be warmly welcomed by fans as it offers intriguing glimpses of Nye’s personal beliefs and experience. (Poetry. 12+)