The Humblebee Hunter; Inspired by the Life and Experiments of Charles Darwin and his Children, is a book about Darwin with a twist.
In Deborah Hopkinson’s book, she explores a very different aspect of Darwin’s life; as a father and husband. It is clear that even at home the man loved walking, exploring, and observing.
The story begins with Etty, his daughter in the kitchen learning to bake. Through her point of view, readers see that she would much rather be alongside her father as he walks his “Thinking Path”.
And she seizes every opportunity as does his other children to ask the scientific questions of “what, why, and how?”
Etty runs out to her father, asking “what’s the question?” When he queries how many flowers a “humblebee: might visit in a minute, Etty clapps her hand in delight and the experiment begins.
Jen Corace’s stylized and detail illustrations enhances the simplicity and flow of the text. It would be an excellent book to use with children on questioning strategies.
There is an author’s note at the end.
Title: The Humblebee Hunter
Author: Deborah Hopkinson
Illustrator: Jeb Corace
Date Published: 2010
Reading Level: K-5
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Books
Source of Book: From the library.
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