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The Hummingbirds' Gift

Cover: 'The Hummingbirds' Gift'

Staff Review: "The Hummingbirds' Gift" by Sy Montgomery


I immediately snagged this book because of my own love of hummingbirds. I remember growing up and watching them next my grandmother, our faces both looking at them with awe and wonder.  They were my grandmother’s favorite bird, and she passed that love down to me before her passing. When I read how the book describe them as “…air wrapped with light," I knew my grandmother would have loved that and wholeheartedly agreed at that beautiful description!

This book held so many interesting facts as well that I hadn’t known before, like how hummingbirds can explode if given too much food! Everything about them is so fragile (they can’t have wings or legs splinted because it would just break them), but yet so extraordinary (they can dive at 207 body lengths per second- faster than both a peregrine falcon and the space shuttle!).

Not only was this an in-depth look at the astonishing lives of hummingbirds and those who advocate for and rehabilitate them, this is also a warning regarding the dangerous effects of climate change to our pollinators like hummingbirds. It made me proud of my own efforts to build a wildlife sanctuary in my backyard, which has resulted in an increase of wildlife (especially pollinators) since adding a pond and increasing the number of plants in the yard.  I recommend this book for anyone who shares a love of hummingbirds!

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction

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