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Growing Up Humming

4.65 of 5 stars 4.65  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  27 reviews
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 humming
Paperback, 1st, 44 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by CreateSoace Independent Publishing Platform
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here's the thing - i get about 6-10 requests a week from authors wanting me to read and review their books. and i used to be much more open to the idea. but then i discovered netgalley. and edelweiss. and the library. and all of those things are great, but they come with a ticking clock, a "you must read me right now or lose your privileges." and between that and the new job which gives me far less time to read, i just have had to turn people down left and right. and i feel bad, i do, but with B ...more

I particularly enjoyed reading this now, in spring, when I've been watching the baby birds learn to fly and explore the larger world. There is a hummingbird nest in the tree outside that has been reinhabited (and I assume rebuilt, since Spinak explains that the mother tears up the old nest to get the babies to fly) for at least the three years I've lived here. I'm not sure if my hummingbirds are Anna's like the ones in this book, but they might well be as Peterson's indicates that I live in the
Dan Schwent
Growing Up Humming is a children's non-fiction book about some hummingbird chicks growing up and leaving the nest.

I got a PDF of this in exchange for reviewing it from the author. It took me all of twenty minutes to read. It's written in a suitable style for kids, simple without being patronizing. And the photos...

The photos were by far my favorite part. They are spectacular, showing every last feather. Since I've spent quite a bit of time over the past few years trying to take acceptable pictur
Wow! I'm jealous. I love to take photos of hummingbirds & have some pretty good ones, but nothing of this quality nor of them growing in the nest. Fantastic. Also, it is about an Anna's hummingbird & all we have around here are Ruby Throats.

The book is aimed at kids, but is fine for adults, too. The language is perfect for kids, clear & concise without being stupid, & the detail is amazing. We follow two hummingbird chicks from 2 weeks old to when they fly off the nest a week lat
UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick
May 23, 2013 UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to UniquelyMoi ~ 1-Click RockChick by: Author/Photographer

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Growing Up Humming is an absolutely lovely book, chronicling life inside an Anna's Hummingbird nest. Each gorgeous photo is captioned with interesting information, written so anyone, young and old alike, can enjoy this little family's journey from chicks to adults.

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It's hard to imagine possible, but a hummingbird egg is about the size of a pea, and the nest built by this Mother sits atop a seed pod!

As you can see from the photos above and be

I received an ebook copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review. His inquiry was professional and in no way did I feel he was harassing me for a he gets a review.

The photographs in this little book are impressive. I have no clue how one can capture a humming bird in mid flight and stop it in order to put in on the page, but Mike Spinak has done it here.

The story is written for children and is about the growth of baby humming birds from chick to flight, to a li
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
When authors send me review requests, I usually ignore them, especially if they are outside of my normal genres. However, I happen to have my 3 and 1 year old daughters on my lap while I was checking my email, so I figured, "what the heck, I'll give it a go".

This little picture book was adorable. My 3 year old LOVED the hummingbird pictures and the cute story that went along with it. Mike Spinak did a fabulous job of capturing each moment (he has some serious photography skills) and making this
Growing up Humming is a delightful look at two baby hummingbirds and their preparations for their first flight and finally leaving the nest. It's filled with beautiful photography from the author and is appealing to both adults as well as children.

In addition to the exquisite pictures you'll also find many great facts about these lovely creatures.

Mike Spinak did a great job capturing a fascinating part of nature in such a short read. I enjoyed it and will be adding this to my library. The eBoo
Kathy Cunningham
Mike Spinak’s GROWING UP HUMMING is a phenomenal book. Through a series of totally amazing photographs and clear, simple prose, Spinak explores the activities of a family of Anna’s hummingbirds. This is advertised as a children’s book (and the descriptions written to go along with the pictures would be easily accessible to children of any age), but anyone interested in wildlife (and birds in particular) would love this. I’m well past childhood, and I was totally mesmerized.

The photographs are ob
John Ward
I bought this book for my two young daughters. I had seen a few of the pictures and was impressed by their beauty. The sample photos that I saw served as a good example of all of the photos. Each page presents you with a unique insight and a beautiful representation of the life led by these young chicks.

The text is equally well done. It allows you to follow along as the two baby birds develop. The text is written in a clear and easily understandable manner that is appropriate for even small chi
Feb 15, 2013 Betsy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Betsy by: Mike Spinak
This is a charming little book, with incredible photographs of a hummingbird and her babies as they grow to first flight. The accompanying commentary is illuminating and very insightful.

The book is supposedly targeted to children -- though I think it's beyond the very youngest. It should appeal to those children that have reached the "Why?" age. But it should also appeal to adults.
I wasn't exactly overjoyed when author Mike Spinak sent me an unsolicited copy of "Growing Up Humming," since I already had a very long queue of books on my Kindle to be reviewed. But after flipping through a few pages, I was hooked. The photography and text are superb, depicting the fascinating story of two newborn hummingbirds as the mother feeds them and prepares them to fly off on their own. There's some added drama with one of the two youngsters being reluctant to leave the safety of the ne ...more
Amanda - Go Book Yourself

A copy was provided by the author in return for an honest review.

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

This is such a wonderful book full of beautiful photographs taken by the author himself.

The photographs tell the story of the life of a humming bird raising her chicks. The pages are filled with facts about humming birds. For example did you know that they eat up to half they're body weight each day and are the only
Still Life out of Velocity

This review is from: Growing Up Humming (Paperback)
Mike Spinak is quite the magician! In this perfectly produced little book he has accomplished what we have all thought was impossible - arresting the movement of the Vivace speed hummingbird movements that prevent our seeing anything except a swirling, darting off into space, little bird who gathers nectar from our gardens. And now thanks to Pinak's photographic skills combined with his studied approach to the life and
Ailsa Mackay
Mike Spinak is a talented nature photographer and his skill and passion for this subject is very evident in Growing up Humming, his first non-fiction book for children. The author tells the story of a family of Anna’s hummingbirds as the chicks grow and prepare to fledge, illustrated wonderfully through a series of exceptionally detailed and beautiful photographs. The text is loaded with interesting facts and is built into a compelling story. My 9 yr old son, a fan of factual books, said the pic ...more
Craig Pifer
Dec 04, 2012 Craig Pifer marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: everyone
It seems that I've followed the production of this book from the beginning via Mike Spinak's posts on Google+. I don't know Mike personally, but I thoroughly enjoy his photography that he frequently posts.

I have to say that I was quite pleased to finally get a chance to read this book. Although the book is not that long, it is obvious that Mike has spent a lot of time and effort on it. Just the time involved in taking the photographs show a true dedication to this project. I found it extremely e
The author kindly asked me to read and review his kids' non-fiction picture book about hummingbirds and I gladly obliged. It's the time of year around here when the hummingbirds start buzz-bombing me when I'm out and about the garden, and just today one was whizz-banging around with all kids of sass and brass, so I was in a perfect mood to check it out.

The pictures are gorgeous and it was amazing to see so many close-ups of a bird I more often than see. I can only imagine the patience Spinak had
Sunayna Prasad
I have learned a lot from this book. The vocabulary words and the facts make this book perfect for young children. I loved how the book explained the whole cycle of a hummingbird growing up. It reminded me of another book I had read, about the development and growth of a kangaroo. I also thought the names like, “big sister” and “little sister” were cute. When my two-and-a-half-year-old cousin gets a little older, perhaps, I’ll give him this book. I’d say it’s perfect for the 4 to 6 age range.
Dec 04, 2012 Alma marked it as to-read
Growing Up Humming details the life of a Hummingbird and her chicks. Spinak's photography skills are showcased fantastically throughout the story line. This is a great book for any child four+. This is also a great book for the bird watcher on your list. Humming birds are so difficult to capture and Mike Spinak's expertise in capturing these birds in action is a real treat!
Simple and beautiful book about the life of a hummingbird; from fetus to flight. Pictures are great and writing is simple enough for children to understand but mature enough for teenagers as well to read it. A great book for all ages about Hummingbirds. Sweet read.

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Whoa. Natasha would have lost her mind over this a few years ago. Most kids picture books are neither so detailed in text, nor so well illustrated. They tend to rely on broad information and stock photos and a child can go through a huge number of, say, bat books, without picking up many specifics at all. Spinak shows two young hummingbirds, thirteen and fifteen days-old, and follows them until both have left the nest, in just over a week. Day by day you can see their feathers coming in, their b ...more
Wonderful book. The photos are so captivating you just want to gaze at them for hours rather than turn the page continue the story. This is an excellent buy.
Ali morgan
Great book. Illustrations are wonderful and the story is a sweet way of showing a baby grow. Good for many ages just to look, learn and wonder.
Fabulous photos of Anna's hummingbirds in a well thought out and edited children's book. Love hummingbirds and loved this book.
Jun 23, 2013 Mike rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: indie
Mike Spinak, who I know on Google+, asked me to review his book Growing Up Humming, and gave me free access to a PDF copy in order to do so. He made it clear that he wasn't asking for a favourable review and that I shouldn't pull any punches, but call it as I see it.

Since, as he's surely aware if he's read many of my reviews, that's exactly what I do, I considered his request showed chutzpah. But is it still chutzpah if the book is genuinely really good?

Growing Up Humming is brilliant. Mike is a
I recieved this book from the author is return for an honest review

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 iss
Yasmin Simpson
For almost two years, I have been admiring Mike Spinak as a very talented nature photographer.
Now, I have the opportunity to discovered another side of his several gifts, a wonderful writer.

The Growing Up Humming book is an amazing piece of art that has a lot to offer to kids and adults,
I truly enjoyed each word and each image.

Totally recommended for several reasons... good quality, attractive, entertaining, educational and more.
Thank you :-)
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Mike Spinak began photography in 1998. He's been writing since he was young. Lifelong passions for travel, nature, and creative expression developed into a lifestyle and career in photography and writing.

He photographs landscapes, wildlife, flora, fungi, patterns - anything and everything nature. He uses naturalist knowledge to find subjects and themes which people rarely see; then uses photograp
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