By Jeanette Larson
(Charlesbridge, Hardcover, 9781580893329, 64pp.)
Publication Date: February 1, 2011
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Hummingbirds are fascinating little creatures that have captured the imagination of people for thousands of years. Since they are only found in the Americas, the myths and legends about this tiny bird originated from the peoples of North and South America. These native cultures wrote stories to offer explanations for the behavior and physical characteristics of this graceful species: Why does the hummingbird drink nectar? What accounts for its amazing flying abilities? Why is the hummingbird attracted to the color red?
Jeannette Larson and Adrienne Yorinks have compiled facts and folklore about these intriguing fliers that will answer these questions and many more. Readers will also get a glimpse into the different cultures that have been transfixed for centuries by this bird, as well as learn many interesting scientific facts discovered by modern-day ornithologists. Adrienne’s bold and unique mixed-media quilts illustrate the hummingbird in nature and the mystery of these birds in ancient folklore.
Substantial back matter includes an index, a glossary of terms, suggested further reading and websites, a bibliography, sources, resources, and a list of hummingbird sanctuaries.
Jeanette Larson is the author of professional books for librarians, including BRINGING MYSTERIES ALIVE FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS (Linwood). She also served as a compiler and contributor for QUILT OF STATES (National Geographic), which features fabric art by Adrienne Yorinks. She lives in Pflugerville, Texas.
Adrienne Yorinks has illustrated many picture books, including THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF A VERY DISTINGUISHED DOG (Henry Holt) and STAND FOR CHILDREN (Hyperion). She lives in Short Hills, New Jersey.