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Monday, June 3, 2013

Growing Up Humming - Mike Spinak

I received this book from the author in return for an honest review

Growing up Humming

By Mike Spinak

Fans of David Attenborough will enjoy experiencing the wonders of nature through Mike Spinak's pictures and words.

Imagine witnessing hummingbird chicks being raised on the nest from front row seats, with every step shown as it unfolds, accompanied by fundamental explanations of the "whys" behind what you're seeing. In Mike Spinak's Growing Up Humming, you'll see hummingbirds as you've never seen them before.

The elder chick has flown from the nest, and now follows her mother while learning how to live like an adult. The younger chick hasn't yet fledged, and life will be easier for her mother when both are flying. What happens when a mother hummingbird wants her chick to leave the nest, but the chick isn't ready? This fact-filled, true story, photo book shows the answers in a heartwarming tale the entire family can enjoy.

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This is a simple and informative picture book on humming birds. It goes through all the stages of a baby hummingbird’s life, explaining terms like regurgitation and thermoregulation. The book tries to reach not only an adult audience but also a younger one by using terms like “Big Sister hummingbird” and as much simple language as possible to explain the complicated changes in feathers, coloring and habits etc..etc..

The only issues I found were the pictures did come across a bit grainy at times; however this could have been because I was reading it on a .pdf file. Also the font size changed quite a bit too, though I can understand why the author chose to do so. I wish the author had chosen another color aside from green, the constant green back ground and gray birds led to the pictures not being as brilliant as they could have been. People expect brightly colored birds and picture books.

This was an interesting book, I’m not huge on birds, but I appreciate anything that I can give my kids that will spark their interest education wise and teach them something. Overall I was happy with this books content. It wasn’t very long, it was easy to understand, enlightening and interesting.

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