Tiny but mighty! A ruby throated hummingbird tells his own life story in this funny, bright, informative entry to the critically acclaimed Nature Diary science series.
May 15: Today I poked my way out of this tiny egg.
With Mom feeding him insects and nectar, Ruby T. Hummingbird is soon able to beat his wings and fly--up, down, backward, and forward--and forage for himself. But don't be fooled! This elegant creature can turn into a fierce fighter if another hummingbird tries to feed on his flower--or his hummingbird feeder.
June 21: This flower is MINE! No you don't.
A second test of his strength comes when he migrates to a warmer climate in the fall and a cooler climate in the spring.
March 1, 5 a.m.: I'm off! Wish me luck.
Children will love poring over the bright, highly detailed illustrations and pondering ideas about nature.
The book includes a glossary and further information in the back of the book. Both art and text have been vetted for accuracy by an expert.
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
Don't miss the other books in The Nature Diary Series!
Each one explores the life cycle of an animal in dated journal entries, showing young readers how they grow and change through the seasons-- and offering a few laughs, too! Brightly illustrated and vetted by experts, Paul Meisel's books are a perfect introduction to your backyard neighbors. My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis: CCBC Best-of-the-Year List, AAAS /Subaru Finalist, Leaping Lizards Top 10 Read-alouds, SCIENCE Best Books for Curious Kids, Virginia Readers' Choices My Happy Year by E. Bluebird: A Junior Library Guild Selection My Stinky Summer by S. Bug: A Junior Library Guild Selection
About the Author
Paul Meisel, who holds a master's degree in graphic design from Yale University, has illustrated many books for children, some of which he also wrote. I See a Cat and See Me Run are Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award books and See Me Dig is a Kirkus Reviews Best Book. My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis is a SCIENCE Magazine Best Book and an AAS/Subaru Finalist.
★ "A delightful resource that features informative text and rich illustrations."—School Library Journal, Starred Review
★ "Accurate natural history simply and charismatically presented." —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
"The spare, journal-style text serves as captions for Meisel's lively mixed-media illustrations, which effectively capture the hummingbird's energy and quick movements. . . . My Tiny Life leaves a big impression." —The Horn Book
"A worthy addition to author Meisel's award-winning Nature Diary series."—Booklist
"This would be an excellent beginner's book for any budding ornithologist"—School Library Connection