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This fun and informative collection teaches children about the importance of water to the earth's living things and shows how every plant and animal receives the limited water on earth through the water cycle.Read the books in sequence to build vocabulary and knowledge around a topic. Available for grades 1-6, Scholastic News magazine brings high-interest current events and nonfiction to millions of classrooms each week.Additionally, our subscribers have FREE access to Scholastic News Interactive, an exclusive online learning tool featuring digital editions, videos, interactive features, differentiated articles, and much more. I actually grew up in a house in which bees lived in one of the walls, and they lived there 18 years, in fact, so it wasn't a fleeting thing. Each daily read-aloud provides one piece of the puzzle to help children on their knowledge quest to see the big picture!Choose recommended activities from the guidebook to suit your schedule and needs.
In the South in 1964, two companions make a pilgrimage to the home of a trio of bee-keeping sisters.
It was an older country house, and the honey actually used to seep out the cracks in the wall in that room and run down in a puddle on the floor, in little puddles. And it brought to mind a girl around fourteen or so who would lie in bed at night, and bees would come out of the wall and fly around the room. All I knew about bees when I started to write The Secret Life of Bees was that they can live in a wall of your house, and that they make this incredible thing that I loved. I mean, they're amazing, and I became somewhat caught in the spell of bees and honey-making.


I was flying by the seat of my pants, as they say, trying to understand how I as a novelist would work with story. So I learned a great deal as I went through all of that, and it took me almost three years to write this book. But I began, really, with an image of that girl lying in bed, and that image would not go away.
And I have found that most of my work seems to start with a very vivid image that my imagination wants to play with. And, so, I tend to ask questions about that image first and to let it sprout stories, so to speak.
And the minute I got that this girl was Lily Melissa Owens and that what she wanted more than anything was her mother who had died. And the other thing is to really trust your own experience, your own vision, what comes from inside of you as you work.
So it's something that requires a great deal of belief in yourself and a willingness to just stay with it and not expect being published right away. I mean, I would say they were turning points in my life, but also I can look back and say they affected me deeply as a writer. One was The Awakening by Kate Chopin, and I know a lot of students read that in some recommended list in high school.


And it's obviously not fiction, but it is someone writing from the soul out of the depth of their experiences. At first, I hesitated to tell people this because it sounds like an incredibly simple process, almost like arts and crafts or something, but I do believe in the power of images to impact story and to guide us if they're coming from within. And I started once I had the image of the girl, and those characters started to just begin to appear. Even before I wrote the character sketches and started to think of the plot, I created this big collage.
And I spent weeks, just a ridiculous amount of time on it in which I would comb through old magazines and catalogs and postcards and photographs, just stuff I had collected, and I picked out or cut out anything that I gravitated to.
I didn't have to understand what it meant or how it might fit in the story, but if it sparked something in me, I cut it out. That collage, believe it or not, became like a little seed out of which so much of the story grew. Just a lot of things that I had not conjured up rationally came out of that collage as I sort of looked at it and imagined what it could be.



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