About Hummingbirds by Cathryn Sill, illustrated by John Sill


71my9daubrl About Hummingbirds (About … A Guide for Children) by Cathryn Sill, illustrated by John Sill, Peachtree, 2011.  9781561455881

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4.5

What did you like about the book? Gorgeous watercolor illustrations and simple text depict the wonders of these tiny birds with unique abilities. Each page opening includes a full-page illustration on the right, with one or two short sentences of text on the left. Each illustrated page is listed in the Afterword by plate number, with more detailed information. Includes glossary and additional resources.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I found that it was necessary to constantly flip to the back to find out more detail to the text. For example: “All hummingbirds are small. Many are tiny.” How tiny is tiny? And, “It is important to protect hummingbirds and the places where they live.” Why? The answers are given in the Afterword, but readers who are curious about the birds will be flipping back and forth.

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is an excellent series for young children interested in non fiction, especially those who want to understand the hummingbirds they may see in their environment.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Non fiction, 598.7

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: January 31, 2017

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