Curious Beekeeper Nina by Kristiana Ambrasa – Review and Giveaway

This month’s book review and giveaway is of a lovely little book called Curious Beekeeper Nina by Kristiana Ambrasa. Baby girl is now at that stage that when she wants to look at a book or me read it to her, she will find the one she wants and bring it up onto the sofa next to me. She will then snuggle in for storytime.

We not only do storytime before bed but in the afternoons as well (when I’m not at work and we are home together). I treasure these moments as she loves turning the pages and will babble along in her toddler speak as I read to her. I still don’t have much of a clue what she’s saying but it’s very important to her!

Curious Beekeeper Nia by Kristiana Ambrasa

Book Description

Nina, a busy city girl, is visiting her grandmother in the countryside as she does every summer, but this time there is a whole lot more to discover. When arriving in the lonely village, Nina discovers beautiful flowers and tiny worker bees. Excited about what the bees get up to during the day, she heads out every day in search to learn something new and interesting about these busy creatures.

While the summer is in full swing, Ricky the local postman tells Nina about the autumn farmers’ market. As she rushes to get the last few bits of honey from the bee hives, Nina decides that the countryside is her dream place to be, but will she want to go back to her beloved city where all her friends live?

Curious Beekeeper Nina

Our Review

We love the bright colourful illustrations, it’s what makes the book intriguing for curious minds. The book has mainly illustrations on the left hand pages and text on the right. The Curious Beekeeper Nina isn’t a book for very young children as it has quite a lot of text included, but it’s fantastic for slightly older kids around 5-7 years I would say.

Nina is a wonderful character who gets given a bee hive for her birthday. She is fascinated with what they do and when she gets the chance to visit her Grandmother in the country bees are everywhere! She loves learning about what they do and how they go about their jobs. She decides the countryside is where she wants to live, but if she stays she will miss her friends in the city.

After I read the book, I came across the author’s biography at the back of the book, to my amazement the Curious Beekeeper Nina was written by a 14-year-old girl from Jersey! What an achievement for a 14-year-old to get a book published, also one that is there to help younger children understand the importance of bees.

One thing I’d love to have seen in Curious Beekeeper Nina is some more facts on bees to share with the little ones, but otherwise it’s a fabulous introduction to the world of beekeeping and bees.

Wonderful illustrations in Curious Beekeeper Nina

We have given Curious Beekeeper Nina 4 out of 5 stars.

Paperback, 26 pages

Published March 31st 2017 by Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd

Baby Girl with her new book


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  1. Lia Burns
    18th August 2017 / 12:00 am

    I was born and raised in the city but my hear is in the countryside I love it x

  2. Michelle Stewart
    17th August 2017 / 10:44 pm

    I am both born in a small village in the countryside and now live in a city

  3. Victoria B
    17th August 2017 / 10:08 pm

    I’m definitely both. Love the quiet and peacefulness of the countryside but like the hustle and bustle of a city. Depends what mood I’m in.

  4. Tammy neal
    17th August 2017 / 9:01 pm

    I love both ❤️️

  5. laura stewart
    17th August 2017 / 7:34 pm

    im a countryside girl x

  6. dana
    17th August 2017 / 1:31 pm


  7. Michaela
    17th August 2017 / 12:04 pm

    I like living in the City, makes everything so much easier and also makes you appreciate the peace and quiet of the countyside.

  8. Charlotte Carter-Dunn
    17th August 2017 / 9:40 am

    Definitely a city person, I don’t drive so it would be so much harder for me to get around without a city style transport system. That being said, I do love visiting the countryside, even though I could never live there.

  9. Adrian Bold
    17th August 2017 / 2:39 am

    City person for sure. Although I love the countryside I could never live there.

  10. Patricia Dewey
    16th August 2017 / 9:08 pm

    I was born and spent the first 25 years of my life in a city but since moving to the countryside, I am much happier and would hate to go back to a city to live.

  11. Emma Louise Elliott
    16th August 2017 / 8:52 pm

    I really do love both, but I’m glad I live in the countryside xxx

  12. nicky pearce
    16th August 2017 / 7:26 pm

    City person

  13. Hayley Todd
    16th August 2017 / 7:23 pm

    I must be honest that I am definitely a city girl, but I do love the countryside!

  14. janine atkin
    16th August 2017 / 6:37 pm

    i prefer the countryside but do like the city too

  15. Caroline Signey
    16th August 2017 / 6:05 pm

    I was city but moved over a year ago to the country which I much prefer

  16. carol boffey
    16th August 2017 / 12:22 pm

    i love the countryside

  17. Emily Hutchinson
    16th August 2017 / 10:18 am

    definitely the country, Cities scare me!

  18. Amanda Jayne Davis
    16th August 2017 / 8:20 am

    Definately the countryside for me

  19. Allan Fullarton
    15th August 2017 / 8:10 pm

    Definately countryside

  20. Anthea Holloway
    15th August 2017 / 6:26 pm

    I am a countryside person and love looking at the butterflies, bees and birds.

  21. Demi Walker
    15th August 2017 / 3:56 pm

    I love the countryside as it reminds me of my childhood and exploring with my siblings!

  22. jo liddement
    15th August 2017 / 7:50 am

    I have always lived in the countryside by the sea and love it but i do like to visit the culture in our cities now and again.

  23. Nikki Easton
    14th August 2017 / 10:12 pm

    Countryside. We are lucky enough to be surrounded by fields where we live.

  24. Katie Skeoch
    14th August 2017 / 9:06 pm

    I live in the countryside but love shopping in the city!

  25. paula cheadle
    14th August 2017 / 1:22 pm

    I love the countryside, but also love going to the beach

  26. Rebecca Mercer
    14th August 2017 / 7:08 am

    Definately countryside

  27. Susan B
    14th August 2017 / 7:07 am

    I need to be near a large town or city for shopping and leisure though I do enjoy countryside views.

  28. Sheri Darby
    13th August 2017 / 8:21 pm

    I am a Londoner – I love London – but the countryside is only a short bus ride away and is a delightful escape.

  29. Keith Hunt
    12th August 2017 / 7:34 pm

    countryside person

  30. 11th August 2017 / 6:11 pm

    Country person as I grew up in small town in Texas

  31. Christina Palmer
    10th August 2017 / 4:15 pm

    I prefer the countryside

  32. sarah fielding
    10th August 2017 / 1:32 am

    Definitely a countryside person, although I do live in the city!

  33. Danielle Cresswell
    7th August 2017 / 9:41 pm

    A bit of both we live in a village in the countryside but it’s nice we are only a ten minute drive away from a city x

  34. Simone Griffin
    5th August 2017 / 2:15 pm

    City person x

    31st July 2017 / 9:52 pm

    A little bit of both I guess, but if I had to choose, countryside.

  36. Ruth Harwood
    31st July 2017 / 12:25 pm

    I’m a city type – I dont like the complete darkness of the countryside so much!

  37. Jeanette Leighton
    30th July 2017 / 3:08 pm

    A bit of both countryside for the quiet but I still like shops nearby , can’t be dealing with big cities though my dad’s in Surrey is perfect by the river

  38. 28th July 2017 / 9:25 am

    I prefer the countryside but I get a buzz from the city once in a while.

  39. Sarah Archibald
    27th July 2017 / 10:48 pm

    I much prefer the countryside, the city stresses me out!

  40. Christine Lockley
    27th July 2017 / 7:30 pm

    I love both and luckily live in an area where its easy to reach both

  41. Stevie
    26th July 2017 / 9:01 am

    I live in the country and I’ve lived in the city. People are much more welcoming and friendly in the country.

  42. Esme Mccrubb
    26th July 2017 / 7:43 am

    Deffo countryside for me 🙂

  43. 25th July 2017 / 8:15 pm

    A countryside person, we cannot wait to relocate. xx

  44. Leila Benhamida
    25th July 2017 / 2:05 pm

    I love both. The countryside to live in and city for a break .

  45. Hekna
    24th July 2017 / 10:01 pm

    I’m a bit of both! I love the beauty and peace of the countryside, but I don’t like to be too far away from the shops!

  46. Michaela Hannah
    24th July 2017 / 8:14 am

    I love the countryside!

  47. Michelle Ferguson
    23rd July 2017 / 5:56 pm

    I prefer the countryside, could never live in a city

  48. elizabeth bazley
    23rd July 2017 / 4:39 pm

    I’m a city girl

  49. claire woods
    23rd July 2017 / 3:47 pm


  50. Ashleigh Allan
    23rd July 2017 / 2:00 pm

    I’m a bit of both

  51. Laura Pritchard
    23rd July 2017 / 1:22 pm

    A mixture – I love the ‘burbs where I live as I’m only a 20 minute bus ride from cinemas, theatres, museums, shops & bustle but also just a 10 minute walk from lovely countryside walks!

  52. Jodie A Green
    23rd July 2017 / 1:05 pm

    i prefer the countryside 🙂

  53. Jade Hewlett
    23rd July 2017 / 9:45 am

    I prefer the countryside

  54. Louisa
    23rd July 2017 / 8:14 am

    Country girl

  55. Susan Lloyd
    22nd July 2017 / 7:42 pm

    A bit of both, but mainly city x

  56. Angela Treadway
    22nd July 2017 / 4:49 pm

    I’m a city girl but only because that’s what I’ve always been used to x

  57. Rachel Craig
    22nd July 2017 / 1:05 pm

    Townie. I do like to visit cities for shopping, outings, theatre,cinema, etc. There can be lots to see and do in the city. Country nice to visit for a while, though I don’t believe I can spend a long time in the country. Nice for a short peaceful break. At heart I am a townie, as city can be too busy and noisy. Countryside too far from shops, etc.

  58. EJ Dunn
    22nd July 2017 / 12:59 pm

    I’m more of a city girl, but I do need an escape to the country every now and again

  59. sallie
    22nd July 2017 / 11:18 am

    mainly countryside

  60. Rebecca Brown
    22nd July 2017 / 8:11 am

    I grew up mostly in the country but I love both 🙂

  61. fiona waterworth
    21st July 2017 / 9:52 pm

    i am city, but my hearts in the countryside

  62. Kim M
    21st July 2017 / 8:04 pm

    Would love to live in the countryside and have a beautiful view x

  63. hali kinson
    21st July 2017 / 12:24 pm

    countryside person definitely!

  64. Sparklett21
    21st July 2017 / 9:12 am

    I love both, but I think the countryside is best to soothe the soul!

  65. Solange
    21st July 2017 / 8:43 am

    I love both.

  66. Spencer Broadley
    21st July 2017 / 8:25 am

    Mainly the countryside – as long as there is a good pub around!

  67. Tracy Nixon
    21st July 2017 / 5:28 am

    A countryside person!

  68. Margaret gallagher
    20th July 2017 / 9:54 pm

    Love the countryside but im a townie
    My garden is geared up for any wildlife who would like to visit????

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