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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books; Revised edition edition (Feb. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592536077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592536078
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 20.1 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 780 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Avid Fan on March 15 2014
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Fantastic book! Wonderful photos and step-by-step instructions and information for the novice beekeeper. A great starter book - must have. Highly recommended.
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Almost Perfect...BUT... Jan. 11 2011
By Kiko - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful beekeeping book. I read two beekeeping books before this one, "Beekeeping for Dummies", and "Keeping Bees and Making Honey." Both were great beginner books, and I highly recommend the Dummies book (the second is great as well, but it was a British book that makes "translation" of equipment and terms difficult for a newbie).

In the beginning of this book, "The Backyard Beekeeper," the author promises to not just produce another bee book; she claims that this book will provide you with information that you hadn't read anywhere else. After reading both of the above books - esp the Dummies book - I thought there would be no way I wouldn't hear the same thing twice! But lo and behold, this book was INCREDIBLE and told me information I hadn't read in the other books! It is thorough, easy to read, and has a great tone. The information is invaluable, it has relevant pictures, and was overall a pleasure to read. There's just one thing...

Other reviewers had said that the print was too small. I read these reviews when I was just a chapter into the book. I thought to myself: sure, the print is small, but I'm young, have 20/20 vision, shouldn't be a problem. Wrong. About 2/3 of the way through the book, I had to take "breaks" from the print. As I went through the book, I could only read shorter amounts at a time. It's such a shame because the content is fabulous - and a lot of times I got distracted by the tiny print that I had to re-read many passages to absorb the information.

Great bee book. I would have given it 5 stars if the print was larger. Note to publishers: PLEASE make an edition with larger print. I borrowed this book from a friend, but would buy it if the print was larger!
89 of 94 people found the following review helpful
Nice picture book, bad 1st year reference June 18 2011
By Augustus Garcia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Yes, this is a nice picture book, and there is a lot of good information throughout. However, as a reference book for a first year beekeeper, this guide has been generally frustrating. The main problems are the very poor organization of the book and a lack of specific information that an "Absolute Beginner" would want. For one example of many, when do I put on an entrance reducer? Good question, so I look up in the index "entrance reducer", page 30. Turn to page 30 (the only reference) and there is a picture of a new hive with an entrance reducer on the top. The text says, other equipment you will need . . . entrance reducer, which we will explain later in the book. Ahh, now I am trying to reread the whole book to answer my silly question. No I never found the answer, only one small paragraph on mouse guards which I have learned are basically the same thing.

Also, at page 144 of the 200 page book the information turns to beeswax, candles, and honey recipes. This is not information I need as a first year beekeeper! Four pages on Fall and Winter management and fifty on candles, soap, and recipes! Come on, you likely won't even have a harvest the first year.

In the end, I spent way more time answering my beekeeping questions from Google than from this book, but it looks nice on the coffee table. And why is there a recipe for a mixed green salad with shrimp on page 181???
40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Great Book June 6 2010
By Michael Snodgrass - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great companion book. Meaning it is a great Beekeeping book but not neccessarily the best beginner book. The best BEGINNER Beekeeping book i believe is "Beekeeping for dummies", excluding the medicate your bees for everything part. This book will teach you how to take care of bees without the medication! This i would say is a very good second year Beekeeper book! The second year being the most important and stressful!
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Great book! March 26 2010
By Jessica - Published on Amazon.com
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If you can only buy one or two books on beekeeping, buy this one! I'm a beginning beekeeper, and this book is great, plus the author has a fine sense of humor which comes through in his writing style. You may not agree exactly with everything he recommends, but this book is FULL of good information. The structure seems a little haphazard to me (it's hard to find something I know I read and want to re-read), but it is an easy read and flows well.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Good Information BUT Not A Standalone Guide or for Absolute Beginners July 6 2011
By Stephanie L. Thaw - Published on Amazon.com
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I have always wanted to keep bees and bought this as the book that would provide all of the info a beginner would need. What I find is that there is a little bit of information on many different aspects of bee keeping, necessitating other books for sure. The book also covers many topics that are not for beginners - capturing swarms on call for example - and omits some info I would have liked - the many roles of workers and drones - are they all females??? - an explanation of each of the parts - brood boxes and supers. I could go with knowing less in depth about the many ways to melt beeswax.

I am not a writer and I need to give the author credit for putting this book together. That said, I read a good bit of non-fiction and how-to books and I find this one to be not well organized and best as a secondary resource and not for absolute beginners.

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