THE HUMMINGBIRD GARDEN by Christine Widman

THE HUMMINGBIRD GARDEN

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 As twilight falls, the ``hummingbird lady'' calls the hummingbirds to sip nectar in her garden before they fly to their nests at dusk. Then a child who's been watching over the fence comes into the garden and sees what looks like a last hummingbird near the porch light; the lady explains that this is a ``hummingbird moth'' (actually, a sphinx moth), and switches off the light so it's free to return to the garden. The best feature here is Ransome's lovely profusion of flowers--a nice balance between impressionistic vistas and realistic depictions of species (though it's a bit of poetic license to show these all together)--but his figures are uneven in quality. The child is sometimes awkwardly painted and looks too old for the story; there's a nice portrait of the blue-jeaned lady, but Ransome seems (not unreasonably) to find waving a petunia to attract the birds faintly foolish. A slight, somewhat implausible idyll. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Aug. 31st, 1993
ISBN: 0-02-792761-X
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1993




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