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IT’S A HUMMINGBIRD’S LIFE by Irene Kelly

IT’S A HUMMINGBIRD’S LIFE

By Irene Kelly (Author) , Irene Kelly (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: April 15th, 2003
ISBN: 0-8234-1658-5
Publisher: Holiday House

Sweet, colorful, and fluttery, this bright little jewel is as cheerful as the bird it depicts. Readers will learn that the nest of a ruby-throated hummingbird is only as big as a half a Ping-Pong ball. That hummingbird eggs are so small you could mail 60 of them using one postage stamp. That newborn hummingbirds must be fed every three minutes—and that the mother, in consequence, eats 2,000 insects a day. That a hummingbird can drink eight times their body weight in nectar every day. (“For us, that would be like drinking more than 500 cups of juice a day!”) Kelly’s lively watercolors include sidebars on nearly every page, with choice tidbits of information that complement the main narrative. They and the small font size make this difficult to read to a group, but for a lap child, or a young reader, it’s just right. (Nonfiction. 4-8)