Books: The Bee Around Us

A HIVE OF BEES (180 pp.)—John Crompton—Doubleday ($3.75).

The busy little bee that improves each shining hour is a slouch compared to a great many natural-history writers. Such a one is Britain's John Crompton, who has proved once again that a true passion—even a love of man for insect—is the substance of literature. Displaying a talent that recalls Rachel (The Sea Around Us) Carson, Apiarist Crompton has in the past written engagingly on the ant, the hunting wasp and the spider. But evidently the bee is his true poetic faith—and the bee in his bonnet is as good as a sonnet.

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