Hummingbirds

Facts and Folklore from the Americas

By Jeanette Larson; Adrienne Yorinks; Adrienne Yorinks (Illustrator)
(Charlesbridge Publishing, Hardcover, 9781580893329, 64pp.)

Publication Date: February 2011

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Description

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.




About the Author
Jeanette Larson has more than 30 years of library experience. She currently teaches at Texas Woman s University and is an independent trainer for libraries around the country. An active member of the Association for Library Service to Children and the Texas Library Association (TLA), Larson s involvement with El d a de los ni os/El d a de los libros, often called D a, began early in the initiative s history, with the development of an informational booklet of program ideas. More recently, she served on a TLA committee that produced a grant-funded D a tool kit for libraries. In 2003, she served as a member of the Estela and Ra l Mora Award Committee of REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking. Larson has an MSLS from the University of Southern California and a BA in anthropology from the University of New Mexico. She is also the author of a children s book, Hummingbirds: Facts and Folklore from the Americas.

Yorinks is a professional quilt maker.

Yorinks is a professional quilt maker.
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