Dancers in the Garden

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Slowly the morning sun lights up a graceful spring garden, warming the plants and animals that live there. Nestled on a tree branch, a tiny creature awakens. Then, stretching and spreading his wings wide, the hummingbird dances into the sunlight to begin his busy day.

Together, award-winning nature author Joanne Ryder and wildlife artist Judith Lopex paint a background of charm and delicacy against which we follow the movements of the lively humming bird and his mate. Readers of...

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Overview

Slowly the morning sun lights up a graceful spring garden, warming the plants and animals that live there. Nestled on a tree branch, a tiny creature awakens. Then, stretching and spreading his wings wide, the hummingbird dances into the sunlight to begin his busy day.

Together, award-winning nature author Joanne Ryder and wildlife artist Judith Lopex paint a background of charm and delicacy against which we follow the movements of the lively humming bird and his mate. Readers of all ages will be captivated by this gentle portrait and will readily appreciate the drama and beauty to be found in the lives of these tiniest of birds.

Follows the activities of a hummingbird and his mate in a garden on a sunny day.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Stretching its tiny wings, a hummingbird wakes to a new day's warmth. As he darts around the sunlight, his throat flashes iridescent colors. In Lopez and Ryder's careful observation, the frenetic bird slows down enough for readers to track his feeding, sleeping, mating and nesting habits. ``Dancing in the brightness, / hummingbird dips down/ where silken webs dangle, / trapping tiny flyers. / Quickly he plucks a web, / stealing his breakfast from spider.'' Expressive and elegant, the poetic language is perfectly matched by exquisite, detailed watercolors rimmed in gold. Through an adult's empathetic reading aloud, such refinement may captivate sensitive youngsters. But other beginning readers may find this lingering and placid contemplation ill-suited to the spirited aeronaut, which flies backward, sideways and upside down and screeches to a halted suspension with wings blurring like the blades of a fan. Still, the book admirably delineates the grace and delicacy of this diminutive marvel of nature. Ages 5-9. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
Delicate, detailed watercolors are combined with a brief, poetic text to show us a typical day in the life of a hummingbird. The bird's various flight techniques are compared to dancing as we watch him snatch an insect from a spider's web, take a bath, and attract a mate. A two-page note at the end provides useful information about hummingbirds' life and behavior, and offers advice both on how to attract the birds to your yard and how to feed them.
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PreS-Gr 3-- The ``dancers'' described here are Allen's hummingbirds as seen in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Ryder's text is minimal, yet the brief, rhythmic phrases capture the essence of her small, lively subjects as she describes a day in their lives. The concluding ``Author's Note'' fills in additional facts about the birds including ways for readers to attract them to their own yards and gardens. Much of the information is valid for other species of hummingbirds as well. Lopez's watercolors depict both the grace and the toughness of the tiny creature. The use of double-page spreads enhances the sense of motion that is so well conveyed in the narrative. The bird's swift darting flight and nearly invisible wingbeats are cleverly shown through many poses, as if in time-lapse photos. Although balanced and slightly stylized, the artwork accurately reflects the imperfections in nature as well as its beauty. The book is a visual treat that can be enjoyed both as a picture book and read-aloud, and as a source of information. The author's ``Acknowledgements'' on the verso of the title page also functions as a short bibliography.-- Ruth S. Vose, San Francisco Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871564108
  • Publisher: Sierra Club Books for Children
  • Publication date: 9/1/1994
  • Series: Books for Children Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD770L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Joanne Ryder has written more than fifty books for children in which she blends poerty and science as she explores the natural world. She is a recipient of many awards, including the American Nature Study Society's Eva Gordon Award for Children's Science Literature. She lives in Pacific Grove, California, with her husband, author Laurence Yep.

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In the chilly morning,
soft fog paints the garden gray.
Pink petals drift from the trees,
and leaves dangle, damp with dew.

Tucked among the shiny leaves,
a fluffy ball of dark feathers breathes softly.
The tiny bird sleeps so deeply he does not wake when squirrel races by,
leaping from branch to branch to breakfast.

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