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Hummingbird Nest: A Journal of Poems

by Kristine O'Connell George
Illustrated by Barry Moser

Published by Harcourt, 2004
48 pages
ISBN: trade 0-15-202325-9

Ages 6-11

A nesting hummingbird on her backyard patio inspired this collection of poems from Kristine O’Connell George. The hummingbird arrived in early February. Soon, there was a nest with two eggs, which hatched in early March. In the weeks that followed, the baby birds grew into fledglings. By April, they had literally flown the nest. George captures the unfolding drama in brief, lovely poems that chronicle the hummingbirds’ activities, as well as the impact of their presence on observers both human and otherwise (the family dog and cat are among those affected by the temporary residents). Barry Moser’s delicate watercolor sketches visually extend the idea of the book as a “nature journal,” and each one is dated to establish the startlingly brief timeline in which events occurred. Within that whirlwind of activity, each poem is a moment of deliberate contemplation, witnessing a miracle of nature. (MS) ©2005 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

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