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About Hummingbirds: A Guide for Children Hardcover – July 1, 2011
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"...The text and art combine to make this title a useful and engaging read..." ?School Library Journal
"...Full of interesting information and gorgeous artwork, About Hummingbirds would be a terrific addition to a unit on birds." ?NC Teacher Stuff blog
"Detailed watercolor illustrations support and extend the gentle text, which highlights key information about the only birds that can fly both forward and backward!" ?Bank Street College of Education
"...Short, lyrical sentences deliver the facts on the left side of the spread, while the right side shows in vivid, lush color the image from the text opposite it...This is a lovely Peachtree book and will be a hit with any young birder..." ?Simply Science blog
"Older readers and parents will appreciate the six fact-filled pages at the back..." ?Ithaca Child Magazine
"...Its illustrations are intricate and accurate in the best field guide tradition, showing all sorts of hummingbirds in all sorts of environments. And there's just the right number of them - 18 plates, highlighting 26 species in all, doing things like building nests and escaping from predators. The accompanying text is similarly selective, keeping what could have been an overload of facts to an easily-digestable minimum..." ?Lela Nargi News blog
"It's extraordinary. For me, it felt like I had a front row seat to a window box that allowed an unobstructed view into nature's wonderland." ?Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers blog
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About the Author
John Sill is a prize-winning and widely published wildlife artist who illustrated the ABOUT… series and illustrated and coauthored the FIELD GUIDES and BEYOND BIRDWATCHING. A native of North Carolina, he holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from North Carolina State University. The Sills live in Franklin, North Carolina.
Top Customer Reviews
Each illustration is labeled by plate number and the type of hummingbird(s)that appear in the picture. We learn that, "They often fight over food" and that they are "the only birds that can fly forward, backward, sideways, and even upside down." Various types of hummingbirds live in different climates and the length of their bills are determined by the types of flowers from which they get nectar.
There's an afterword in the back that goes into more detail explaining the birds depicted in each plate (illustration), where they live, if they migrate, and unique characteristics. The illustrations are so detailed that a few of them appear to be more like photographs. The highest compliment I can pay this book is that I now want to check out the other books in the "About" series by the author.
My favorite picture of the book is of the Eyelash Pit Viper trying to attack the hummingbird.
I think other kids will like this book because of the beautiful pictures and the information in the back to tell you more about hummingbirds.
I think girls will like this book because it's very pretty and maybe boys, too.
I give this book, like, 2 million stars, if I could.
Review by Lila H., age 7, Central Pennsylvania Mensa
Any child will love this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Better than expected, very nice book. Many interesting facts about humming birds around the world.Published 26 days ago by jk
Excellent first bird book for children
Very nice pictures
Helped my grandsons understand using the feeder