Hummingbird by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Jane Ray. PICTURE BOOK/NON-FICTION. Candlewick Press, 2019. $17. 9781536205381
BUYING ADVISORY: EL(K-3) - OPTIONAL
AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE
Ruby-throated hummingbirds make an incredible journey every year from Central America up into the far reaches of North America. This story follows the birds on their migration, with an extra focus on the humans who look forward to their arrival and prepare food and things to help them on their way. Along with the fictionalized aspects, scientific facts about the hummingbirds are included on most pages.
I love hummingbirds and I was excited to read this book--especially because the illustrations are vivid and lovely. Unfortunately, the "story" itself fell a bit flat for me. It was hard to actually piece together any real story and I think the book would have been better served if it stuck to the nonfiction way of telling this story. That being said, it is a lovely celebration of hummingbirds and the illustrations really are terrific.
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