The Children's Life of the Bee

Read by Phil Chenevert

(4.7 stars; 15 reviews)

Buzz, buzz, buzz. A fascinating and beautifully written explanation of the life of the honey bee. Maeterlinck, who won the Noble Prize for Literature, wrote a more scholarly work called The Life of the Bee but then rewrote it in simpler terms so that children could appreciate what goes in a hive. The book describes in simple language the inner workings of a hive from its beginning with a swarm to the fully functional hive with thousands of workers, drones and a queen busily building, repairing and gathering. (Summary by phil chenevert) (2 hr 42 min)


1 - ON THE THRESHOLD OF THE HIVE 11:26 Read by Phil Chenevert
2 - THE SWARM 51:30 Read by Phil Chenevert
3 - THE FOUNDATION OF THE CITY 43:42 Read by Phil Chenevert
4 - THE YOUNG QUEENS 20:23 Read by Phil Chenevert
5 - THE MASSACRE OF THE MALES 10:08 Read by Phil Chenevert
6 - THE PROGRESS OF THE RACE 25:01 Read by Phil Chenevert


mandatory listening for all ages

(5 stars)

I just saw my first bee swarm. Now I understand what was happening. With bees declining, possibly heading for extinction, this should be mandatory listening for adults and children alike.

Better than nature programmes on TV

(5 stars)

The fascinating, tragic & glorious life of the bee. Worth listening to more than once. More interesting/enthralling than modern TV nature documentaries.