As the story begins, students meet Fred the beekeeper and his enormous family of bees. Students reflect on what they know and what they want to know about bees. They research the life of bees, design three intricate bee colonies on Fred’s roof, and create their own individual bee characters.
Bee characters are introduced and Fred cheers them on, encouraging the young ones to take their first flight. Students begin to experience the story through the eyes of a bee.
The new bees settle into their daily life and students describe their typical day. Incidents occur that require the bee characters to work together to solve problems. Students use their five senses, knowledge of the life of bees, and imaginations to deepen the story with their bee’s experiences.
In late summer the honeycomb is full of honey. The tired bees rest after a job well done. Fred harvests the honey and shares it with his neighbors who enjoy the local flavors of sweet pea, linden tree, and blueberry flowers. They all thank Fred’s tireless Brooklyn bees for the delicious honey.
Students reflect on the lives of bees. They review the honey making process and the important part bees play in every aspect of the ecosystem.