Book Title: MIA AND THE HUMMINGBIRD by Nancy Carlisle
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 34 pages
Genre: Juvenile fiction/social themes or animals/birds
Publisher: Sage Green Press
Release date: March, 2021
Content Rating: G. There is nothing that even comes close to PG.
Mia and the Hummingbird is the story of a young girl who immigrates to a new country and learns to accept a new life. She sees the hummingbird building her nest for her babies and thinks that she and the bird are similar as they learn to adapt to their new homes. Mia and the Hummingbird includes information about environmental and social reasons for immigration, the struggle to adapt to a new home and information about hummingbirds. Included is a glossary about these issues, a bibliography, and references.
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Mia and the Hummingbird starts with Mia being displaced by a hurricane and moving to the US. At the same time, a hummingbird is making her nest, but a storm breaks the branch holding the nest and the hummingbird has to start over. One day, Mia finds the nest and shares it with her new friend.
While Mia and the hummingbird have their separate trials, they both persevere which is a good lesson to learn. Along with the main story, there are separate bits of information, some about hummingbirds and some with vocabulary. For example, hummingbirds can fly up to 30mph! I knew their wings flap at a high speed but I didn’t know it was 50-200 times per second!
Resilience is one of the vocabulary words, which both Mia and the hummingbird have. Can you imagine not only moving to a new country but having to learn a new language as well? Resilient is a great word to describe Mia.
This is one of those books that has a good story and nice illustrations that will teach children several lessons as they enjoy reading it.
About the Author
Nancy Carlisle is an author, illustrator and retired architect and manager. She writes hopeful books for kids that interweave facts and fiction about the environment and global responsibility.
During her 38 year career, as an architect and researcher, her focus was on the environment. She led work nationally and internationally on sustainable and energy efficient buildings and communities and won awards for collaboratively designing award-winning sustainable buildings, a laboratory campus, and as part of a team to develop a program to improve the energy efficiency of laboratories in the U.S.
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