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The Bee Tree

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The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco

To teach his daughter the value of books, a father leads a growing crowd in search of the tree where the bees keep all their honey.

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✒️ Author & illustrator

Author: Patricia Polacco

Website for Patricia Polacco

Other books by Patricia Polacco

The author is also the illustrator.

📖 Topics from the book:

Visit each topic page for downloads, lessons, etc. specific to that topic.

📂 Units, Activities, and Resources for The Bee Tree

Delightful Learning: Rowing The Bee Tree

Reading Rainbow: Life Cycle of the Honey Bee

The Bee Tree Lapbook

The Bee Tree
Web lesson designed for 3rd and 4th grade readers. (Grades 3-4)

An Introduction to Bees
Grade 1

Sound of the Week Lesson for /ee/

Bee Theme

The Life Cycle of a Honey bee
Look under Download guides for the Parental Guide and Science guide

Bees A Web Quest for Kindergarten Students
A PowerPoint WebQuest for kindergartners.

Patricia Polacco Lesson Plans
From Web English Teacher. Has lesson plans for a number of Polacco's books and links to author pages and studies.

Why are we featuring this book?

The Bee Tree is a book featured in Five in a Row, a literature-based unit study curriculum. Many families use FIAR for all but the grammar/reading and math, and others use it in conjunction with other resources. Above is information about the author and illustrator, story summaries, and links to lesson plans and websites that are great go-alongs for The Bee Tree. Please note that these resources are meant to complement, not replace, the Five in a Row units. The Five in a Row volumes are inexpensive and well worth the investment.

As featured on

US News & World Report, Forbes, KQED, HuffPost,, Money, Healthline Parenthood, Family Education, Parents, Scholastic