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About Hummingbirds: A Guide for Children (About… (Peachtree))

In this latest book in the acclaimed About… series, educator and author Cathryn Sill uses simple, easy-to-understand language to teach children what hummingbirds are, how they look, how they move, what they eat, and where they live. Illustrator John Sill introduces readers to many varieties of hummingbirds, from the smallest type the Bee Hummingbird of Cuba to the largest the Giant Hummingbirds of the Andes Mountains in South America. An afterword provides details on the hummingbirds featured and inspires young readers to learn more about them.

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  1. D. Campbell "Doll Parts" says:

    Great Introduction into the World of Hummingbirds. I realize this book is only one of the series, but what a fantastic book it is about those dimunitive litte creatures called hummingbirds. Formatted like a picture book for young readers, it can be read like a story book. Each gorgeous and detailed illustration is accompanied by a one sentence explanation; this is great for little ones that have a hard time sitting still for a lot of text that many non-fiction books tend to have.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.Excellent!

  2. Brenda King says:

    Beautiful Book for Even a Young Child This book is beautifully illustrated and the text is simple enough for even a toddler to understand. My son really enjoyed the book, and since I’ve read it to him, has taken a great interest in all birds.

  3. Anonymous says:

    This book is a non-fiction book that tells about the where hummingbirds live, what they eat, what eats the hummingbirds and their eggs, and lots and lots of other information.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

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