HUMMINGBIRDS by Esther Quesada Tyrrell


Age Range: 10 - 14
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 Breathtaking color photos of these ``flying jewels''--perched on a penny, sipping nectar on the wing, performing a courtship dance, feeding their young. The Tyrrells have spent 16 years and traveled 80,000 miles--from Alaska to Chile--studying and photographing the Western Hemisphere's 300 species of hummingbirds; their first book for children is richly informative as well as visually stunning. The text provides splendid detail: the hummingbirds jewel-like colors are a result of a process called interference; their heartbeats can approach 1,200 times a minute; their tongues may lick 13 times a second. The double-spread layouts are sumptuous (though occasionally photos are nipped in the gutter). Concludes with brief information on the 16 species of hummingbirds found in the US. Index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-517-58390-9
Page count: 36pp
Publisher: Crown
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 1992