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Beehive Secrets and the Rare Pollinators by Xanda Monteiro (Book Review)


Soar back into the enchanting world of BEEHIVE SECRETS with “Rare Pollinators,” the latest adventure featuring the brave bee Bella and her kind and helpful friend, Kaida the dragon. As their beloved meadow faces threats from disruptive human activities, our dynamic duo embarks on an exciting quest to uncover a mystical natural solution tucked away in the vast tapestry of nature. Will Kaida fulfil her promise to Bella? Join the fun in this whirlwind adventure, brimming with catchy rhymes, vibrant illustrations, and lovable characters. Along the way, learn about biodiversity, unity, and how every one of us can contribute to the preservation of our environment.

Are you ready to unlock the secret hidden within Bella and Kaida’s meadow? Then it’s time to spread your wings, pick up your copy of “Rare Pollinators” today, and dive headfirst into the world of bees and dragons. Get set for a buzz-worthy, fire-breathing escapade—it’s a magical journey you wouldn’t want to miss!

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Kaida and Bella (bee) face a new problem in Beehive Secrets and the Rare Pollinators. The meadow is quiet…too quiet. The bees should be out and about, collecting pollen and making things sprout, but they aren’t. Something is amiss! Kaida and Bella set off to find the missing bees. 

During their hunt, we discover which bees make a nest in the hedges and why Bella is freaking out when she spots a farmer trimming one (hedge). Travesty strikes again at the farm, but the real learning moment comes when Mrs. Kee lands on a flower. Children will learn new terminology: pesticide. Children will watch and discover how the “sticky goo” affects insects/bugs. 

Pesticide is not the only new word that children will learn. Mycelium is explained in simple terms that preschoolers can quickly grasp. The writer did include other words that might need further explanation, depending on a reader’s age. (No glossary was included.)

In Beehive Secrets and the Magical Meadows, Bella was feeling green. This time, Kaida and Bella are on a mission to save the meadow! Beehive Secrets and the Rare Pollinators has stunning illustrations and would make a great addition to a science unit. 

After reading the story, ask students what other things might have bees and buggy friends. Please make a list of ways to protect our insects too. Teach them to respect our nature—our planet as a whole. 

Amazon recommends this book for ages 3-6.


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Meet the Author

Xanda was born in the small town of Beira on the East Coast of Mozambique, a place that holds a special place in my heart. It’s home to the magnificent Farol do Macuti, a lighthouse that has guided countless ships to safety over the years.

One of my fondest memories is the excitement my dad brought home with a new toy – the first Polaroid camera! I still remember the anticipation as we waited for the picture to develop on the square paper. To make the image last, we had to spread the fixer over the picture, which had a distinct smell that remains etched in my mind from childhood. It was an unnatural sharp, chemical and fruity sweet odour, but to us, it meant preserving memories that would last a lifetime.

But my childhood memories were not limited to photography. It was also with my dad that I experienced my first solar eclipse, an unforgettable sight that left me in awe of the natural world. Looking back, those memories of my childhood in Mozambique still fill me with a sense of wonder and appreciation for the beauty of life.

Growing up in Africa was an adventure in itself. I loved nothing more than exploring the vast landscape around me, always eager to discover new and exciting things. But with that excitement came a hint of danger. Some places and animals I encountered were quite hazardous, adding an extra layer of thrill to my explorations.

Today, I still hold a deep appreciation for the wonders of nature and the joy of exploration, and have added meditation and QiGong to my life as a way to continue that sense of wonder and connection to the world around me.

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