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5.0 out of 5 stars The sacred bee, 22 Feb 2012
This is a splendid book. I bought it because I was doing a little project on bees in poetry, and it sounded like a good source. Actually there's not much poetry, but so much history, folklore and other information that it didn't matter. The book was originally published in 1937, so it's a pleasure to read; witty, erudite and properly punctuated, so you aren't always tripping over ill-designed sentences. The earliest bees have been discovered preserved in Baltic amber, from the time when humanity barely existed, and cave art shows wild honey being collected in palaeolithic times (there's a fascinating illustration of this). They were known to the Egyptians as 'the tears of Ra (the sun god)', and to the Greeks as little goddesses, under the sway of Melissa. If you love bees, and are worried about the threats facing them in the twenty-first century, read this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 2 July 2014
Like new very interesting
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Secret Bee, 12 Dec 2013
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A wonderful resume of such such wonderful creatures. The world of the Honey Bee intrigues all and baffles all, yet their very organisation and survival has mans destiny in their claws !
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