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Tiny Bird

Tiny Bird

A Hummingbird's Amazing Journey

Robert Burleigh; illustrated by Wendell Minor

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)


Robert Burleigh's narrative nonfiction picture book follows a hummingbird’s migration south for the winter, with stunning art by Wendell Minor.

When the last summer flowers open their petals to the sun, it’s time for a tiny ruby-throated hummingbird to dip its beak into the heart of each bloom, extracting as much nectar as possible before the hard trip ahead.

Today is the day Tiny Bird begins its amazing journey south for the winter, traveling as fast as thirty miles an hour for hundreds of miles on end. The trip is long, with savage weather and many predators along the way, but Tiny Bird is built for this epic journey and eventually arrives at its winter home.

This inspiring migratory and life cycle story celebrates the important and impressive feat of a small but mighty creature.

Christy Ottaviano Books

Praise for Tiny Bird

A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books of the Year Pick

"Kids will be mesmerized by this dynamic portrait of one of nature’s winged wonders."--Booklist, starred review

"The simple narrative is set in short, poetic lines. There's suspense . . . And, there's expressive language, with alliteration, occasional rhyme, and plentiful imagery. A fine addition to "sense of wonder" collections." --Kirkus Reviews

Scientific facts about hummingbird feeding and flight are emphasized in the formative text and the light-and motion-filled illustrations, which skillfully convey the bird’s movements." --Horn Book


Reviews from Goodreads

Robert Burleigh; illustrated by Wendell Minor

Robert Burleigh has written many acclaimed children's picture books, including several illustrated by Wendell Minor: Edward Hopper Paints His World, Abraham Lincoln Comes Home, and If You Spent a Day with Thoreau at Walden Pond. The recipient of the Prairie State Award, naming him Illinois Children’s Book Author of the Year, Bob lives in Grand Haven, Michigan.

Wendell Minor is the illustrator of many award-winning picture books for children, including those noted with Robert Burleigh as well as Wild Orca by Brenda Peterson and the New York Times–bestselling Reaching for the Moon by Buzz Aldrin. He lives in Washington, Connecticut.

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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