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George, Kristine O’Connell.

Orlando : Harcourt, 2004.
IL K-3, RL 4.5
ISBN 0152023259
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Imagine trying to eat breakfast on your patio and being dive-bombed repeatedly by a tiny hummingbird.  This happened to Kristine O’Connell George’s family one warm February morning.  She and her family finished breakfast inside their house and later discovered the reason for the bird’s aggressive behavior.  The hummingbird was building a nest in the ficus tree on their patio and did not appreciate intruders to “her territory.”  During the next two months, the family uniquely observed the nesting and hatching of two baby hummingbirds.  Kristine O’Connell George kept a “hummingbird journal” which evolved into a collection of poetry.  Through the twenty-six poems included, she describes the process of nest construction, egg hatching, nestling feeding, flight, and leaving the nest.  At the end of the book, she includes more facts about hummingbirds.  Did you know hummingbirds are the smallest birds in the world?  The hummingbird in this book is an Anna’s hummingbird.  These hummingbirds grow 3 ½ to 4 inches long and the eggs are approximately half an inch long.  This is a fascinating read that entertains and educates.  Don’t miss a BIG opportunity to read about the SMALLEST of birds!  (Prepared by:  D’Etta Broam, SCASL Picture Book Awards)
SUBJECTS:     Hummingbirds -- Poetry.
                        American poetry.
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