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Flight of the Hummingbird: A Parable for the Environment Hardcover – Bargain Price, July 28, 2008

3.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Wangari Muta Maathai was born in Nyeri, Kenya, in 1940. She is the founder of the Green Belt Movement, which, through networks of rural women, has planted over 30 million trees across Kenya since 1977. In 2002, she was elected to Kenya's Parliament in the first free elections in a generation, and in 2003, she was appointed Deputy Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate of 2004, she has three grown children and lives and works in Nairobi.

Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, is the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. He lives in exile in Dharamsala, India. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Greystone Books (July 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553653726
  • ASIN: B0085SLO04
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,140,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By W. Burruss on December 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The smallest of the birds, the hummingbird, shows the rest of the jungle how to turn a tragic forest fire into an act of salvation. When a huge fire starts to devastate the animal's habitat all but the humingbird flee to a safer spot to watch their home be destroyed. With great speed and determination the hummingbird takes one drop of water after another to attempt to douse the flames. As the parable ends the Big Bear asks the hummingbird, "What are you doing?" Where the hummingbird responds, "I am doing what I can."

This book shows in strong graphics by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, wisdom from the Dalai Lama, and experience from 2004 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Wangari Maathai what can happen when the smallest or weakest are motivated into action.

The parable, The Flight of the Hummingbird, is perfect for children because it shows how the smallest with determination can outperform the strongest with none. The book also tells the story of Wangarie Maathai, a modern day Johnny Appleseed, who started the Green Belt Movement in Kenya that has planted over 30-million trees.
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This book is useless fluff. The actual story is very short, and not interesting at all. There are 5 times more "filler" about the author, the illustrator, the Dalai Lama, and other peripheral junk. Don't waste your money or your time. You will be disappointed.
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This is a lovely book, like poetry, And some nice comments from the Dalai Lama.
No matter how small and ineffective we may think we are, is the message, we can do something and it is better to do something
helpful to do nothing, especially since, if every one just did as much as we can do it adds up to quite a lot.

It seems to me that people of all ages and all walks of life would enjoy it. I have read it to my grandchildren and they love it.
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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 Forward by Nobel Peace Price winner Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan woman known for her work planting trees in Africa, and an afterword by the Dalai Lama.

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.

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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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