DANCERS IN THE GARDEN by Joanne Ryder

DANCERS IN THE GARDEN

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Age Range: 4 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Drawing on her own observations of Allen's hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin) in San Francisco and on scholarly sources, Ryder follows a male through a typical day in which he encounters a female and mates (offstage). Formatted as verse, the narrative is graciously cadenced and informative, celebrating the little bird's appearance and behavior. In delicately detailed, gold- bordered art, scientific-illustrator Lopez sets this particular hummingbird in Golden Gate Park's lovely Japanese Tea Garden, presenting in precise detail its morning mists, carefully tended specimen plants, and occasional artifacts; best is the jewel-like bird, in myriad poses in flight and at rest. A final note extends the information and suggests how to attract these nectar-loving birds. LC classes this as fiction. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4+)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-87156-578-1
Page count: 32pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 1992




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