Sweetness & Light

Sweetness & Light

The Mysterious History of the Honeybee

Book - 2006
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Did you know that Abraham Lincoln and Muhammad Ali both consumed bee pollen to boost energy, or that beekeepers in nineteenth-century Europe viewed their bees as part of the family? Or that after man, the honeybee, Apis mellifera, is the most studied creature on the planet? And that throughout history, honey has been highly valued by the ancient Egyptians (the first known beekeepers), the Greeks, and European monarchs, as well as Winnie the Pooh?

In Sweetness and Light , Hattie Ellis leads us into the hive, revealing the fascinating story of bees and honey from the Stone Age to the present, from Nepalese honey hunters to urban hives on the rooftops of New York City. Uncovering the secrets of the honeybee one by one, Ellis shows how this small insect, with a collective significance so much greater than its individual size, can carry us through past and present to tell us more about ourselves than any other living creature.
Publisher: New York : Three Rivers Press, [2006], ©2004
Edition: First U.S. paperback edition
ISBN: 9781400054060
Branch Call Number: 595.799 El
Description: 243 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Sweetness and light


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rstucke35 Jan 08, 2013

Very insightful and interesting book. The author covers some of the science of the honey bee as well as the historical interaction of the human and the honey bee. The writing and editing of the book was very well done.


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