Roda has always had a passion for nature and the arts. With her camera and sketch pad in hand, she spent her childhood exploring the woods, chasing bees, and gardening with her dad. As a young adult, she continued to celebrate nature through storytelling, art, and photography and shared these passions throughout her 20+ year career as an elementary educator. In 2014, Roda’s lifelong beekeeping dream became a reality, and Indigo Acres Apiary was born. Roda’s love for education continues as she shares knowledge with others about the importance of pollinators and the plants that sustain them. It is her hope that The ABC’s of Honey Bees and The ABC’s of Beekeeping will inspire others to support, protect, and celebrate these magical creatures. Roda lives with her family in Rockford, Michigan.
This whimsical book celebrates the magical world of the honey bee. Each letter of the alphabet represents an important aspect of the honey bee’s life, and takes the reader on a captivating journey from A to Z. The author’s detailed explanations and brilliant photography provide a close-up look into this amazing world. The ABC’s of Honey Bees is perfect for both children and adults eager to learn more about these astounding creatures, and the important role they play in our delicate ecosystem.
“Roda Shope uses her wealth of creative talents and expertise to bring the reader into the lives of bees and their importance in the environment. This book shows the magical intricacies within the hive through brilliant imagery and detailed explanations. As a beekeeping educator, I am always looking for quality materials to share and this book has earned a place in my collection!”
– Mandy Shaw owner at Bella Beek and host of Beekeeper Confidential
“This is a fantastic book!! As a science educator and fellow beekeeper, this is a great book to put in the hands of my students. The information found here will teach students of any age about the honey bee along with the important role they play in our ecosystem. It is so well written that students can easily understand the meaning of the words as well as see an up-close example in the beautiful photos.”
-Erin Hudgins, science teacher and beekeeper
This whimsical book celebrates the exciting world of beekeeping. Each letter of the alphabet represents an important aspect of a beekeeper’s life, and takes the reader on a captivating journey from A to Z. The author’s detailed explanations and brilliant photography provide a close-up look into the life of a beekeeper. The ABC’s of Beekeeping is perfect for both children and adults eager to learn more about the fascinating world of beekeeping.
What a memorable, amazing experience to discover the world of bees through the eyes of an expert who’s proven her skills, not only in caring for these wonderful creatures, but photographing them and clarifying the essentials for newcomers. Roda Shope has assembled a breathtaking series of pictures and 26 brilliant alphabetical explanations that make it super easy to learn the important facts. A stunning collection one shouldn’t miss!
-James J. Cudney, author
Roda Shope uniquely blends the art of beekeeping and her personal experiences with bees through these pages to inspire a more bee-friendly world. This book will take you on a captivating journey with beautiful photography and inform you about the important role of the beekeeper from A to Z! Armed with nothing more than the love of bees and the right equipment you too can make the world a better place.
-Kelly Card, beekeeper
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