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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.”
—Sustainablog

“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.”
—Treehugger

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.”
—Booklorn

“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.”
Bellingham Herald

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 edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Greystone Books (April 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553655338
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553655336
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,035,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is a very nice, but little, book that tells a short parable about the flight of a humingbird that saves a forest. It is well written and illustrated by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. Though the main story is a short four pages, it delivers it message effectively and succinctly. The added value with this book is the Afterward by Nobel Peace Price winner Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan woman known for her work planting trees in Africa (A previous version of this book also included an afterword by the Dalai Lama, but this edition does not).

Again, this is a short book, but it is a nice little package of important, though-provoking words. It would make a great gift for the environmentally enlightened as well as the environmentally challenged.

A Guide to my Book Rating System:

1 star = The wood pulp would have been better utilized as toilet paper.
2 stars = Don't bother, clean your bathroom instead.
3 stars = Wasn't a waste of time, but it was time wasted.
4 stars = Good book, but not life altering.
5 stars = This book changed my world in at least some small way.
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Format: Hardcover
"The Little Hummingbird" is a magnificent Haida-Manga children's work based on "Flight of the Hummingbird," a tale based on a South American indigenous story about the heroic efforts of a tiny hummingbird to carry drops of water to end a forest fire. The vivid, spare, three-color (black, white and red) Haida-style illustrations are stunning, carrying the storytelling to new, multi-mythic impact levels. Hummingbird is observed and approached by many of the larger animals of the forest, who wonder why she is carrying single drops of water in her beak to fight an enormous forest fire. When asked what she is doing, Hummingbird responds, "I'm doing everything I can." An inspirational message titled Do The Best You Can from Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement in Kenya, is included at the end of "The Little Hummingbird." An additional resource mentioned in the book is the Haida anime "Flight of the Hummingbird," by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas.
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Format: Hardcover
i believe that i get more from this story than my daughter. it is a great story, a classic that every child, adolescent and adult should read.
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This story is one of the best I have read. I have integrated it into my class curriculum year after year. I'll find any great reason to read this to my kiddos.
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By Erin on September 2, 2014
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This book is fantastic. That is all.
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