"The text is presented in a very readable way, and the diagrams are some of the clearest I have seen for a long time."―Bee Craft (reviewing the third edition)
"A comprehensive, well-illustrated introduction for beginners and a valuable reference for the experienced beekeeper. The book outlines options for each operation within beekeeping, listing advantages and disadvantages of each alternative."―AB Bookman's Weekly (reviewing the third edition)
"An elegant reference book with beautiful illustrations."―Whole Earth (reviewing the third edition)
"Since the publication of the first edition of the handbook in 1973, many thousands of novice and experienced beekeepers have relied on this book as the preferred single-volume guide to bee keeping. . . . The fourth edition has been redesigned, revised and expanded to incorporate the latest findings on Colony Collapse Disorder, green integrated pest management techniques, overwintering protocols and ways to control bee mites . . . this book offers plenty of sound advice." ―John Badmin, British Journal of Entomology and Natural History (September 2013)
"Beginners will find The Beekeeper's Handbook a joy, and more seasoned beekeepers will find rereading of benefit as they continue to master the art and science of bee colony care." ―Dewey M. Caron
"The Beekeeper's Handbook has guided thousands of beginning and advanced beekeepers in the how-tos of this entertaining and profitable pastime. Simply put, it is the best of the best of beekeeping books."―Roger A. Morse (reviewing the third edition)
About the Author
Avitabile is Emeritus Professor of biology at the University of Conneticut.