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Sauriol, Charles.

Toronto, Natural Heritage/Natural History,c1984.96pp,paper, $6.95, ISBN 0-920474-32-2. Distributed by Natural Heritage/Natural History Inc., Box 69, Station H, Toronto, Ont., M4C 5H7.

Grades 11 and up
Reviewed by Elaine Balpataky

Volume 13 Number 1
1985 January

Did you know that fine honey can be produced two miles from downtown Toronto or that bees can produce a delicious result from sumac and poison ivy nectar? These are some of the fascinating revelations of A Beeman's Journey. The author, now a well-known Canadian naturalist-historian, was given a hive of bees in April of 1936. Thus began an adventure of over forty years with honey bees in Toronto's Don Valley.

The book is full of useful and fascinating information about bees. It is also a record of one man's thoughts and experiences as he went about the various seasonal chores of beekeeping. The book is illustrated with pen-and-ink drawings by E.B. (Bev) Saunders. It is spiced with quotations about bees from the like of the Emperor Augustus, Tolstoy, Thoreau and Emily Dickinson.

This book will appeal to those with a fondness for things simple, natural and "old as the world." It includes a glossary and an appendix of useful information.

Elaine Balpataky, Ingersoll D.C.I., Ingersoll, Ont.
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