Thames and Hudson Ltd: The Book of Bees


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How do bees communicate? What does a beekeeper do? Did you know that Napoleon loved bees? Who survived being stung by 2,443 bees? This book answers all these questions and many more, tracking the history of bees from the time of the dinosaurs to their current plight.


  • A large-format, encyclopaedic book, which imparts masses of information with a light, humorous touch and in scores of vibrant illustrations.
  • Bees are a perennially popular subject and their current plight is a hot topic.
  • Superbly illustrated by a popular designer: each double-page spread forms an intricate, detailed graphic composition.
  • Concise texts give insights into such themes as how honey gets made, different types of bee, and why bees are dying off.


1. 100 millions years ago: bees and dinosaurs • 2. How a bee is built • 3. Types of bee and their functions • 4. The Queen Bee and bee breeding • 5. Bees’ dancing and swarming • 6. Honeycomb, contractions based on it and other examples of biomimetics 7. Pollination • 8. Fruits and vegetables that rely on bees • 9. Other secondary pollinators • 10. First traces of contact between a man and a bee • 11. Ancient Egypt 12. Greek divinities and honey in Greek mythology • 13. Alexander and Poppea • 14. Beehive Design • 15. Early Slavs and Saint Ambrose • 16. Napoleon and Josephine 17. Curiosities • 18. Early honey harvesting • 19. Honey harvesting and early honeyhunters• 20. How a bee-hive is built • 21. Beekeeper’s clothing and tools • 22. A beekeeper’s work • 23. Types of beehives • 24. Figurative • 25. Ethiopia and Cameroon • 26. Asia • 27. Honey-giving plants • 28. Travelling apiaries • 29. How honey’s by-products are made • 30. Types of honey and dishes in which it’s used 31. Enemies of bees and lovers of honey • 32. Bee sting • 33. Vanishing bees and hand-pollination • 34. Beehives in cities and hotels for pollinators • 35. Curiosities


Piotr Socha is a graphic designer and illustrator, and the son of a beekeeper. He is one of Poland’s most popular cartoonists, famous for his comic drawings in various prominent Polish magazines and newspapers.

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Children aged 7+.

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  • Thames and Hudson Ltd
  • Children's Books

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