Mia and the Hummingbird is the story of a young girl who immigrates to a new country and learns to accept a new life.She sees the hummingbird building her nest for her babies and thinks that she and the bird are similar as they learn to adapt to their new homes. Mia and the Hummingbird includes information about environmental and social reasons for immigration, the struggle to adapt to a new home and information about hummingbirds. Included is a glossary about these issues, a bibliography, and references.
A curator for more than twenty years at Historic New England, Nancy Carlisle works with some of the most important historic kitchens in the country and has written and lectured widely on the material culture of domestic life. "
This is a good book. I would call it an educational reading experience. It teaches some good lessons on things like perseverance and adaptability. These are lessons that Mia learned from the Hummingbird. The hummingbird had patience seeking out the supplies to build her nest.
Mia having to relocate from her former life to a new one had to learn these lessons as well. Yet, when she did, she found out it was easier to make friends.
This book is filled with tons of interesting and teach worthy facts. Any facts about a hummingbird were inserted on the same page with that illustration. At the back of the book is a glossary of words that were used throughout the story. The older children will not have a problem reading this book on their own but younger readers, will need assistance.
Mia and the Hummingbird is a fun book written in the style of The Magic School Bus, with lots of facts presented along with the story.
In this tale we learn about MIa who was forced to emigrate after a devastating storm damaged her country. Arriving in the United States, she must learn to adapt to a new home, school, friends, and language. She compares herself to the mother hummingbird she spies in a tree. The hummingbird perseveres through all obstacles to build a nest and raise her babies. Mia learns valuable lessons from the tiny hummingbird.
The facts are presented clearly and in just enough detail to satisfy the curiosity of young readers. The story itself teaches many important lessons about perseverance, resiliency, starting over, making friends, etc.
Topics that are presented for more discussion with parents and teachers are refugees, hurricanes, climate refugees, adaptation, the Caribbean, and social injustice. The author includes a glossary, bibliography, and references for more information.
Not only is this an entertaining story, but it provides helpful facts and opens conversations between children and adults.
Mia and the Hummingbird is not only a sweet children’s story, it is so much more. This book talks of Mia, who had no choice but to leave her county and move to the US. There are so many issues to deal with when you move to a different country. One very important issues is sometimes learning a new language. Then there is meeting new people and finding new friends, the foods are probably different. I felt so bad for this sweet girl. Then Mia saw a Humming bird outside her window as she is trying to build a nest for her babies, and as Mia watched, she learn a lot from this about her new move. This cute Hummingbird was full of great valuable lessons for Mia to learn and do. Mia sounds like a smart little girl and I know you would love reading this book to your child. This book deserves to be everywhere a child is. Whether it be a library, Schoolroom or library or daycare. This one is Four Stars for me.
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Mia is a girl who has moved to live with relatives in America after a tropical storm destroyed her home in the Caribbean. She loves school, but it’s challenging to learn a new langauge and culture. She is diligent and adapts to her new home and school and begins to learn more and more of the language and gains friends.
She is a climate refugee, because she had to come to the US because of natural disasters. The book is very interesting the way it shifts from Mia’s story to the story of a hummingbird. The hummingbird’s characteristics are also included in small sections on various pages, which is very interesting. This will make the book a good learning experience about birds, but also about people.
I love how the explanations of refugees vs immigrants is presented, so that young people can learn for themselves. This will help children better understand their new classmates and how to befriend them and learn from them. The artwork is charming and very colorful. There are also additional-reading resources at the end of the book, which can make the book useful for school or homeschool.
Mia and the Hummingbird is three stories in one. One is of a young Mia, a climate refugee from the Caribbean, who is adapting to a new language, school, and lifestyle. Another aspect of the story contains the ins and outs of the life of a hummingbird and the similarities with Mia. And thirdly is an educational look at the similarities and differences of refugees and migrants, the importance of social justice, and more.
I like all three facets of this book, and the colorful line drawing illustrations are unique and engaging. I would prefer having each slice of the story more separated rather than enmeshed together, but that’s just my personal preference.
I especially enjoyed the informative hummingbird facts. I find these tiny, hardworking little birds fascinating, and loved learning how they build their nests, raise their young, and adapt to their surroundings.
This makes a three-part storybook cohesive and displays noteworthy parallels.
Little by little the bird makes its nest. French proverb
I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
Mia and the Hummingbird starts with Mia being displaced by a hurricane and moving to the US. At the same time, a hummingbird is making her nest, but a storm breaks the branch holding the nest and the hummingbird has to start over. One day, Mia finds the nest and shares it with her new friend.
While Mia and the hummingbird have their separate trials, they both persevere which is a good lesson to learn. Along with the main story, there are separate bits of information, some about hummingbirds and some with vocabulary. For example, hummingbirds can fly up to 30mph! I knew their wings flap at a high speed but I didn’t know it was 50-200 times per second!
Resilience is one of the vocabulary words, which both Mia and the hummingbird have. Can you imagine not only moving to a new country but having to learn a new language as well? Resilient is a great word to describe Mia.
This is one of those books that has a good story and nice illustrations that will teach children several lessons as they enjoy reading it.
“Mia and the Hummingbird” is a wonderfully unique story that parallels the story of Mia’s persistence in becoming a part of the new community she finds herself in with that of the resilient hummingbird, Little Bird, having to rebuild her nest after it is destroyed by heavy winds. Mia’s family was displaced by a hurricane that destroyed their home in the Caribbean. Now she is in a new country and learning a new language.
The illustrations are colorful and nice to linger over. Each illustration matches the words on the page perfectly.
This is an excellent book for reading to your child and is sure to generate further discussion. Environmental and social issues are touched upon. I think children will enjoy the fact boxes on hummingbirds included on some pages.
Do you believe in coincidences? I had not seen a hummingbird in my ward in years but as I was enjoying a warm spring day, reading outside, I spotted a hummingbird above me! Maybe I should have been reading this wonderful book a loud so the bird could learn with me how their lives and the human lives of immigrants are not so different.
Mia finds herself in a new place, needing to learn new habits, a new language and hoping to make friends. It can be very scary. The hummingbird, similarly, must create a new home, a nest, for itself. It is a matter of survival requiring creativity, persistence, and courage.
The illustrations add much to the story and open various lines for further discussion. The book covers ecology, relocation, compassion and resilience plus more.
Mia and the Hummingbird is a lovely children's book about a little girl forced to move to a new country after a hurricane comes through her hometown. Mia feels out of place and unsure of herself, but like the hummingbird in the story whose nest is blown out of a tree, she adapts and rebuilds her life. I think this book is really nice, with wonderful illustrations. Young readers will enjoy reading about Mia learning to overcome the obstacles facing her in a new country, and they'll enjoy discovering new, fun facts about hummingbirds as well. The back of the book includes a glossary of terms for young readers to learn about, as well as a bibliography and some references to other websites/texts for more reading. Overall, a very nicely put-together children's book. 4 stars.