Bruno the bear keeps bees in this Czech import. Holasová weaves Bruno’s activities with his bees in and around a bounty of information about honeybees and their keeping…There is a surprising amount of technical information conveyed in this gentle book; children familiar with beekeeping will recognize the activities depicted, and explanations are both accurate and friendly to children who are not. There is humor in the near-constant cloud of bees around Bruno’s head as he works, and beauty as well in lovely botanical watercolors…Utterly bee-guiling.
This title presents interesting facts and illustrations about bees (worker bees, drones, and queen bees), the steps involved in the metamorphosis from egg to fully developed bee, the body parts of bees, and the life cycle of each type of bee.
—School Library Journal
Bruno, a patient, golden-colored anthropomorphic bear, handles his beehives with great care in this narrative vehicle for a compendium of bee lore, with sufficient descriptions of beekeeping, equipment, bee behavior, and biology to serve as a capable resource. . .this should capture the interest of young apiarists.
In a cozy work of narrative nonfiction, Aneta Františka Holasová lays out the traditional method of maintaining honey-producers in ‘Bruno the Beekeeper’ (Candlewick, 80 pages, $19.99), a picture book translated from the Czech by Andrew Lass. The color scheme here is earthy, being composed of the browns and golds you would expect from a story involving a bear—the beekeeper, Bruno—and the tiny winged occupants of the stacked wooden hives that he manages through the seasons.
—The Wall Street Journal