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Hummingbird Nest: A Journal of Poems Hardcover – April 1, 2004

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Grade 3 Up-In this personal journal, George describes the building of an Anna's hummingbird's nest in a potted ficus tree on her patio and chronicles the hatching and rearing of the baby birds during a two-month period. Her poems include observations written from the points of view of her daughter and those of the family dog and cat. An author's note that provides commentary on the journal and two pages of detailed hummingbird facts are appended. The book itself is a handsome, finely crafted piece-a combination of creamy pages, clearly printed text, and perfectly placed illustrations. Moser's transparent watercolor paintings, which range in size from small vignettes to full-page illustrations, show mama hummingbird, nest, tree, hatchlings, and fledgling birds from a variety of perspectives. Although there is no shortage of informative books on hummingbirds, this lovely title provides a vicarious experience along with the facts.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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*Starred Review* K-Gr. 4. Hummingbirds are the smallest birds in the world, and their fragility and astonishing strength are the drama in these small, connected poems and beautiful watercolor pictures. After a hummingbird builds her nest in a tree on the patio of George's California home, the poet keeps a journal as she and her family watch the tough, chirping mother build a house of "webs and grass" and lay two tiny eggs. They see the hatchlings emerge from the cracked shells ("each new / breath a shudder"). There's the wonder of their first flight, and then they are gone. Opposite each poem, Moser's quiet, exquisitely detailed pictures show the people watching and the small, delicate creatures. The tiny Vs of the birds' open mouths are echoed in the shapes of the pointed leaves and the spread of the tree branches. The words are fearful when the nest has emptied ("the dark seems filled with cold and cat and owl"), but the picture shows the protective moon looking down over the tree in the yard. The long, beautifully written notes with astonishing facts about hummingbirds make this a fine choice for both language arts and science classes. As in the best nature writing, the excitement here is in the particulars that bring readers close up to a universe. Hazel Rochman
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harcourt Children's Books; First Edition (April 1, 2004)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 48 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0152023259
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0152023256
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 6 - 9 years
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ NP
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 2 - 3
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12.8 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.75 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
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