Clan Apis (Latin for "bee") follows the adventures of a cheeky worker bee named Nyuki. The story begins with a brief history of evolution, as told through a honeybee creation myth. We learn that by the time the first land animal crawled out of the sea, insects had long before begun to set themselves up as the most successful and abundant group of animals on Earth. We meet the main character as a curious larvae on the cusp of metamorphosis. Under the tutelage of Dvorah, an adult worker, the reader learns right alongside Nyuki about the life cycle of bees, the cutthroat politics of the hive, and the slave/regent dichotomy of the Queen. Along for the ride are a delightful cast of other insects (friend and foe alike) and even a lovesick flower. With a fine hand and a beautiful story, Hosler makes Nyuki's adventure our own. It took me by surprise how quickly I became attached to the little bee and her cohorts.