The Little Hummingbird

The Little Hummingbird

eBook - 2011
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The hummingbird parable, with origins in the Quechuan people of South America, has become a talisman for environmentalists and activists who are committed to making meaningful change in the world. In this simple yet powerful story, the determined hummingbird does everything she can to put out a raging fire that threatens her forest home. The hummingbird--symbol of wisdom and courage--demonstrates that doing something is better than doing nothing at all.

In this revised edition of the bestselling book, Flight of the Hummingbird , the parable is supplemented by an informative fact page about hummingbirds and evocative artwork by internationally renowned artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas . Yahgulanaas 's distinct and lively Haida Manga style complements The Little Hummingbird and this optimistic tale that encourages children to take responsibility for the planet.
Publisher: New York : Greystone Books, 2011.
ISBN: 9781553659136
Characteristics: text file
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor


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WVMLStaffPicks Oct 27, 2014

Yahgulanaas’ graphic novel style is a cross between Northwest Coast formline design and Japanese comic art. In this parable of hope the wise, courageous and determined hummingbird is undaunted by a fire threatening the forest. She repeatedly scoops a single bead of water from the river and flies back to drop it on the fire. A forward by Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize winner from Kenya who started the Green Belt Movement and an afterward by His Holiness the Dalai Lama compliment this story that is enlivened by Yahgulanaas’ illustrations.

McIndoo Jun 11, 2012

Beautiful Haida art and simple text come together to bring about a powerful little message about the power of one. Simply beautiful.

Aug 20, 2011

This book has a very powerful message but is not preachy. I recommend it to everyone!!

Apr 19, 2011

This story was positively adorable, and a new take on the wonderful theme of little being much when one's heart is invested.

quagga Jan 02, 2010

Michael Yahgulanaas has created striking Haida artwork in red, black and white to illustrate a fable told by the Quechan people of Ecuador. The story is of a hummingbird who is the only creature to do anything about extinguishing a fire when a great forest is burning. The other animals all watch, but do nothing, while Dukdukdiya (the Haida word for hummingbird) flies back and forth with a single drop of water each time. She tells the others, "I am doing what I can." Yahgulanaas explains that in traditional Haida stories, it is often the most diminutive being that offers the most critical gift or the necessary solution.

The fable is suitable for all ages, from about age 4 through to adult. For older readers, this very slim book also includes inspirational messages from Wangari Maathai and the Dalai Lama about caring for the environment.

Sep 19, 2008

A truly beautiful little book.

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