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Tiny Bird: A Hummingbird’s Amazing Journey

Holt. Apr. 2020. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781627793698.
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K-Gr 2–Each ruby-throated hummingbird migrates alone from North America to Mexico for the winter, a journey of over 1,500 miles. The narrative begins by describing the unique flying abilities of the hummingbird that allow it to hover and dart up, backward and forward as it extracts nectar from the last blossoms of summer. Soon the urge to migrate compels the tiny bird to fly south. The hummingbird, sometimes reaching speeds of 30-miles-per-hour, arrives at the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. During its solo 500-mile nonstop flight across the water, the bird is confronted by crashing waves, leaping fish, and thunderstorms amply illustrated in dark spreads. Many hummingbirds do not survive this ordeal. A one-page “Fun Facts” section amplifies information presented in the narrative. Another section describes how people can make their yards into a hummingbird “dining spot.” The endpapers include a map of the hummingbird’s migration journey and other facts.
VERDICT The narrative and illustrations, though informative, do not quite capture the magical wonder of hummingbirds. Useful as an additional title in large public or school libraries.

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