From 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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Praise for Flight of the Hummingbird:
Yahgulanaas’s stylized renderings seem to express the spirit’ of the creatures, adding great life and strength to the story itself.
this slim little volume is, like Dukdukdiya, more valuable and powerful that its size suggests.”
This book is something that you can buy for your child that they will come back to time and again, the older they get.
When you get discouraged and feel like protecting the planet is a fad, read this book.”
Flight of the Hummingbird is one of those rare books
that you can admire as a work of art in and of itself
it is a beautiful book produced in an environmentally-friendly manner
which fits nicely with the message.”
Yahgulanaas has illustrated this tale with stylized and utterly enchanting images of creatures... This is a wise and inspiring book. In this season of back-to-school, it contains a lesson for us all.”
Awards for Flight of the Hummingbird:
Gold Medal in the Outstanding Book of the Year Award (IPPY Awards in the U.S.) in the Storyteller of the Year” category
Nominated for a BC Booksellers’ Choice Award, 2009
--This text refers to the Paperback
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