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The Little Hummingbird

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This inspiring children’s book is based on a South American indigenous story about a courageous hummingbird who defies fear and expectations in her attempt to save the forest from fire. The illustrated story is supplemented by a natural and cultural history of hummingbirds, as well as an inspiring message from Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai. The evocative artwork by internationally renowned Haida artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas complements this optimistic tale that encourages everyone to take ...
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Overview


This inspiring children’s book is based on a South American indigenous story about a courageous hummingbird who defies fear and expectations in her attempt to save the forest from fire. The illustrated story is supplemented by a natural and cultural history of hummingbirds, as well as an inspiring message from Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai. The evocative artwork by internationally renowned Haida artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas complements this optimistic tale that encourages everyone to take responsibility for their home and the planet.
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School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Based on a South American indigenous story, this book tells of a forest fire that causes the animals to flee for their lives. All except Little Hummingbird, that is, who begins ferrying single drops of water from a nearby stream to the forest. As she works steadfastly to douse the flames, one by one the animals cry out their reasons for running away. Finally Big Bear asks, "Little Hummingbird, what are you doing?" and she replies, "I am doing everything I can." This fablelike tale shows readers how one person can make a difference in everyday life. It will resonate with children and provide a jumping-off point for discussions about how change happens. The illustrations are monochromatic and beautifully representative of Native Haida art. The motif continues onto the endpapers in a stunning black and gray pattern that is both dramatic and satisfying. The author includes back matter on the place of hummingbirds in legend and in an afterword, Nobel Prize-winner Wangari Maathai offers insight into the importance of the individual.—Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553655336
  • Publisher: Greystone Books
  • Publication date: 4/27/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 393,258
  • Age range: 5 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2010

    A personal favorite

    As a man I was a bit surprised to be moved to tears by a children's book in a public store. This is a fantastic book to illicit classroom discussion with very young students. It can also be used effectively in upper grades as long as you make the mandatory speech about the value of legends/children's literature beforehand lest your high schoolers think your talking down to them. And as a teacher, the metaphor of the hummingbird "doing all that he can" hits very close to home.

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