The Courage of the Little Hummingbird: A Tale Told Around the World

Abrams. Apr. 2023. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781419754555.
PreS-Gr 2–Readers will be captivated by this retelling of a South American fable that encourages determination and cooperation. A fire threatens to destroy a majestic rainforest that a wide of variety of animals calls home. Armadillos, elephants, and jaguars flee to safety, but a small hummingbird stays to do everything she can to combat the flames, ultimately inspiring the other creatures to follow suit. The story of the hummingbird’s bravery unfolds in lyrical prose that maintains a distant formality well-suited for a fable, inviting read-alouds in reverent tones. The drama of the forest fire plays out in vivid spreads featuring lush digital illustrations, bold enough to be eye-catching at a distance and intricately detailed up close. Back matter includes a guide to the global habitats of the animals depicted in the story, interesting facts about hummingbirds, and notes from both the author and artist.
VERDICT A beautifully told fable with uplifting themes and a timely environmental message. Purchase where folktales are popular.

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