At first, I did not like Beehive. It is a larger picture book with just one word (swarm; keep, etc) per page. It is not until the end and the authors note that you actually get “something” that is solid. This tells you why the words that were used are important to bees. This is a page of facts and information that finally make this book more than what should be in a board book.
Jorey Hurley’s book most likely will help with sight words (due to the one word per page) and in a classroom to give you basics about bees. There is no story to read. I do not see the one page capturing the readers attention, as it is not a story but facts.
However, their illustrations are interesting. They are simple, but when you learn the word, the art speaks volumes. They perfectly match what Hurley is “talking” about. Yet, you do have to work for it a little. They are bold and physically large. Minimal details but the message is loud and clear: These are bees. And this is what they do. They are classically in the style of Hurley. You know this is one of their books.
The only way I feel you could make this accessible to a non-classroom setting is to you the page to have the child tell you a story. Ask them what is going on; what are the bees doing; etc. And then have your child write that story.
While the afterwards is good for aged 7 to (young) 9, the story is aimed at the under 4 crowd.