From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 4-A whimsical look at the traits and tendencies of these fascinating creatures. Kelly follows the activities of the ruby-throated hummingbird throughout the seasons, relating facts and bits of trivia. For example, hummingbirds cannot smell and they depend on their eyesight when they are selecting flowers, and their wings beat at the rate of 3000 times per minute. "As soon as it gets nippy, most U.S. hummers take off for Mexico or South and Central America, where they will spend the winter." The tiny pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations effectively show the features described and comparisons drawn in the narrative. The text is printed in a flowing pattern that mimics the bird's erratic flight. This title will fly off the shelves.Barbara L. McMullin, Casita Center for Technology, Science & Math, Vista, CA
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Gr. 1-3. This very decorative book, with many small paintings of birds, flowers, and nests, follows the ruby-throated hummingbird through the year and tells a little about many facets of its life: mating, nesting, bringing up chicks, feeding, bathing, flying, defending territory, and migrating enormous distances to Mexico, Central America, or South America for the winter. Although the book design is attractive, the unusual font and wavy lines of text (occasionally vertical rather than horizontal) make reading more difficult than it needs to be. Still, primary-grade children intrigued by hummingbirds will enjoy hearing this read-aloud and looking at the charming, rather childlike pictures. Recommended for larger collections. Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved