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*Hummingbirds: Facts and Folklore from the Americas* by Jeanette Larson, illustrated by Adrienne Yorinks- young readers fantasy book review
Hummingbirds: Facts and Folklore from the Americas
by Jeanette Larson, illustrated by Adrienne Yorinks
Grades 4-6 64 pages Charlesbridge February 2011 Hardcover    

Everyone loves hummingbirds, right? Tiny and mysterious, they dart and hover around the flowers in our yards and brighten up the world with their color.

Did you know that hummingbirds are only found in the Americas? Or that they follow a migration route that would challenge the sturdiest of airplanes?

This lovely, informative book is full of facts about hummingbird diet, eggs, chicks, predators, and history. Almost every native culture found them as fascinating as we do today, and there are many Native America tales about them within these pages. Hummingbirds: Facts and Folklore from the Americas includes many of those stories, including
  • Why the hummingbirdís throat is red from the Ohlone
  • Why the hummingbird drinks nectar from the Hitchiti
  • How the hummingbird got its colors from the Maya
As a bonus, the book is full of photographs of handcrafted quilts featuring hummingbirds in a variety of natural settings. Hummingbirds also includes a glossary of terms and a reading list for those who want to know even more.

Hummingbirds is an ideal gift for the young birdwatcher in your life, but it isnít exclusively for the kids. Between the facts and the images, this is a well-rounded and artful volume that anyone will enjoy.
 
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