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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Greystone Books (March 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553655338
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553655336
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 19 x 27.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Little Hummingbird is the embodiment of this relatively new style of Haida comics, which combines elements of traditional North Pacific arts and narrative, in this case that of the Haida, and the design of Japanese manga. —Globe & Mail


STARRED: Evocative artwork complements this optimistic story that encourages everyone to take responsibility for their home and the planet. —Best Books for Kids & Teens 2011


About the Author

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas challenges native stereotypes through illustrative story telling. His artwork is informed by many years of dedication to public service and political activism, mostly on behalf of the Haida. Yahgulanaas creates pop-graphic narratives that riff on traditional Haida stories and painting techniques, and developed "Haida Manga"—the distinctive art form for which he is widely known. A trickster-like sense of humour contributes to his work's appeal. Yahgulanaas' books include Flight of the Hummingbird, A Tale of Two Shamans, The Last Voyage of the Black Ship, Hachidori, and—most recently—Red, a graphic novel.

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas has exhibited in several major galleries, including the Bill Reid Gallery, the McMichael Gallery, the Museum of Anthropology, the Glenbow Museum, and the National Arts Center in Ottawa. His Haida Anime "Flight of the Hummingbird" is featured on YouTube. For the past two decades, besides developing his unique visual style, Yahgulanaas has spent most of his time working with other Haida people to prevent their homeland, Haida Gwaii, from being logged. Yahgulanaas lives on Bowen Island, British Columbia.

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By M. Serbe on April 7 2010
Format: Hardcover
I love the fact that this book is physically bigger. I like the info on hummingbirds in the back. I love that the book is slightly re-written for younger kids.
Only one BIG drawback... Dukdukdiya is gone.
The Little Hummingbird is named Dukdukdiya in the original book, Flight of the Hummingbird. Kids LOVE to say Dukdukdiya. They LOVE that name.
If the hummingbird was still named Dukdukdiya in this book, it would be PERFECT.
Please put it back in the next edition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I nice little book that reminds us of our responsibilities Oct. 21 2011
By Wildness - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a very nice, but little, book that tells a short parable about the flight of a humingbird that saves a forest. It is well written and illustrated by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. Though the main story is a short four pages, it delivers it message effectively and succinctly. The added value with this book is the Afterward by Nobel Peace Price winner Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan woman known for her work planting trees in Africa (A previous version of this book also included an afterword by the Dalai Lama, but this edition does not).

Again, this is a short book, but it is a nice little package of important, though-provoking words. It would make a great gift for the environmentally enlightened as well as the environmentally challenged.

A Guide to my Book Rating System:

1 star = The wood pulp would have been better utilized as toilet paper.
2 stars = Don't bother, clean your bathroom instead.
3 stars = Wasn't a waste of time, but it was time wasted.
4 stars = Good book, but not life altering.
5 stars = This book changed my world in at least some small way.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A magnificent Haida-Manga children's work based on "Flight of the Hummingbird" Aug. 17 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Hardcover
"The Little Hummingbird" is a magnificent Haida-Manga children's work based on "Flight of the Hummingbird," a tale based on a South American indigenous story about the heroic efforts of a tiny hummingbird to carry drops of water to end a forest fire. The vivid, spare, three-color (black, white and red) Haida-style illustrations are stunning, carrying the storytelling to new, multi-mythic impact levels. Hummingbird is observed and approached by many of the larger animals of the forest, who wonder why she is carrying single drops of water in her beak to fight an enormous forest fire. When asked what she is doing, Hummingbird responds, "I'm doing everything I can." An inspirational message titled Do The Best You Can from Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement in Kenya, is included at the end of "The Little Hummingbird." An additional resource mentioned in the book is the Haida anime "Flight of the Hummingbird," by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
my favorite children's (adult) story Sept. 7 2011
By jzahara - Published on
Format: Hardcover
i believe that i get more from this story than my daughter. it is a great story, a classic that every child, adolescent and adult should read.
This story is one of the best I have read Sept. 24 2014
By Karen Shepherd - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This story is one of the best I have read. I have integrated it into my class curriculum year after year. I'll find any great reason to read this to my kiddos.
Five Stars Sept. 2 2014
By Erin - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is fantastic. That is all.