Book: Growing Up Humming by Mike Spinakcategories: Book, Nature, Children's Books, Birds and Birdwatching, Nonfiction, Photography, Anna's Hummingbird, Calypte Anna, Kid's Books, Kids, Ornithology, Biology, Hummingbirds
Mike Spinakabout this book: Growing Up Humming gives a close up, detailed view of a mother hummingbird raising two chicks on the nest. It tells the story of what happens when a mother hummingbird wants her chick to fly, but the chick isn't ready. In the process of telling this story, it shares the hummingbird chicks' biological and behavioral development, and touches on a theme of growing up, being taken care of by a parent, and learning to take care of oneself.
When an author writes a story about wildlife from only ideas in her / his head, then finds photos to match the story, the result tends to lack the substance of reality. By being both the author and photographer, I was able to create a very different kind of book from most others. This is a blow by blow documentary of their true story as events unfolded, with each photo perfectly matching the written story. Because I witnessed everything myself, I was able to make Growing Up Humming rich in authentic details and insights which can only come from firsthand experience of real events.
This is a book like no other, showing hummingbirds as you've never seen them before. It's truly a book for people of any age. A small child can follow the story in the pictures and understand most of the words, while an adult will also learn many new facts, see something new, and appreciate the beauty of these splendid creatures.
Beyond hummingbird aficionados, anyone with an interest in nature, engaging photography, or a good story, can enjoy Growing Up Humming.
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