Children's LiteratureWhat would it take for one small hummingbird to complete an extraordinary journey? Author Reynolds answers this question in her story of the migratory flight of Homer the hummingbird from South America to the United States. The story makes a great start and flows up the coast with Homer, but a few vague references and ideas make Homer's flight more difficult to follow. It is very clear that Homer begins his journey in the rain forests of Costa Rica, but the story is not clear about where his travels end. It would enhance the story to have a map of Homer's travels included in the book. The people who help Homer on his journey are real and compassionate, and make great contributions to both Homer and the story as a whole. The reader will enjoy traveling with Homer and meeting diverse characters, like the farmer who saves Homer's life, the people he flies by in a hot air balloon, and the artist who looks for his return every year. The story is well written, and the repetition of the phrase where Homer "flies, flies, and flies some more" bring to life the length of the little bird's journey. The "Did you know?" section about hummingbirds at the end of the book is an excellent reference and shows the author has done her homework. Beautiful paintings by artist McClung bring Homer's travels alive, although, occasionally, he is difficult to spot in some of the paintings. Homer's story is an excellent introduction to migration of birds between continents. Although there are one or two uncertainties about where home is, Homer's story is a joy to read. 2005, Mitten Press, Ages 6 to 8.