This book is perfect if you are thinking about beekeeping. It can help you decide if you are ready to be a beekeeper. This is a great book for a beginning beekeeper as a supplement to a local bee class. It is important for any new beekeeper to get connected with a local beekeeping association for local classes, mentors, and to make beekeeper friends. Beekeepers learn from each other, and this book was developed through years of learning from and with other beekeepers.
Every beginning beekeeping book advises beekeepers to take notes and keep records on their bees, the weather, nectar flows, etc. This is a book that actually supports the need for record keeping. The “Good to Know” and “Good Tip” sections get to the important questions and information for each section. As the majority of beekeepers are older folks who wear bifocals the big print is greatly appreciated. As a photographer, I do wish the photos could have been in color for full details of bees on frames and in cells, as well as providing visual clarity of pests. Alas, the cost of color is often prohibitive, but it encourages beginner beekeepers to seek out other beekeepers to compare notes and color photos or videos of your hive.
The book is a great overview of beekeeping, with a good reading list for in-depth topics once you are hooked as a beekeeper. There is so much to learn about bees, and this book is a great place to start.
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