Hummingbird

Publisher: Walker Books

Review

Every spring, hummingbirds spend the winter in Mexico and then fly north to make the most of the warmer weather. They nest as far as Canada and Alaska – a 2,000-mile trip! 

Starting off with a girl and her granny in Mexico, where will the hummingbird travel on its amazing journey? And who will be lucky enought to spot one?

This is a picture book to linger over, full of rich and sumptuous illustrations by Jane Ray. There are even specks of gold amid all the heady, jewel-like colour. 

It's a lovely concept, too, as we see the migration of a bird that may be a little less familiar to UK children. Along the way, as we follow their expedition, writer Nicola Davies gives us astonising facts about the hummingbird – did you know that they lose HALF of their body weight when they fly north from Mexico? – as well as sweet advice on how to look after them as they make this journey.

Always, the link between humans and animals and how we can, and should, co-exist is at the heart of the storytelling. 

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