Book Title: MIA AND THE HUMMINGBIRD by Nancy Carlisle
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 34 pages
Genre: Juvenile fiction/social themes or animals/birds
Publisher: Sage Green Press
Release date: March, 2021
Format available for review: print-softback (USA and Canada), pdf
Tour dates: June 14 to June 25, 2021
Content Rating: G. There is nothing that even comes close to PG.
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.
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
Mia and the Hummingbird is about a young girl forced to immigrate to new country. It associates much of the Hummingbird's struggles with the challenges the young girl experiences.
There are many interesting facts and information offered within the story content, as well as within the Glossary at the end of the book. The story also offered a couple of ways the girl found to fit in and participate.
The Illustrations by the author were done in a colorful, abstract, watercolor design to keep children entertained.
However, the story flow was not smooth and would have been better if written as two separate books. The relation between the two scenarios was weak.
This is a good book for Summer Reading Programs and individual awareness.
I offer a Three and a Half Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me with no pressure for a positive review. This is my honest review.
Where did you get inspiration for the story?
For Mia and the Hummingbird, the first inspiration came on the last day of an intensive French class that I was taking in France. The professor used the French proverb that is found in the Foreword to the book. It is, “Little by little, the bird builds it’s nest”. At the time, I think our class was just a bit discouraged because we weren’t more fluent after our course. The proverb was the professor’s way of telling us that learning French is a slow process, and yes, we made good progress in the course, but we still have more to learn, and must persist. In my mind, this conjured up an image of a resilient little bird and a resilient younger version of myself determined to succeed and voila! My inspiration for the cover and the story. Then I was thinking back on my time during the course and one strong memory was the day I got lost walking to town. Just like Mia, I too approach a nearby women and with a shaky voice and tears in my eyes, asked for help. At the time I was about 50 years older than Mia. The woman was very kind and got me home. Those two experienced formed the core of the story. That summer my neighbor had a hummingbird nest in his front yard. I’d stop by and look at the nest each day and was able to watch the baby birds grow. I began thinking of the hummingbird as my Little Bird character in the story. The inspiration was then coupled with research on hummingbirds
The inspiration for Mia comes from the students that I mentor and\or the adults that I worked with as a volunteer English as a second language teacher. The adults were all new to our country with no English language skills and many of the students were from immigrant parents or came to the US as immigrants. Both the adults and students were resilient and persistent and all extremely kind and caring. They had diverse and interesting backgrounds and cultures. I learned so much from all of them and was very impressed with their determination to succeed. I wanted Mia to embody their strengths.
Following through with the book details, I searched for source material to inspire me with the drawings. Nature always inspires me, but I did need to check many details for accuracy, for example, I needed to find a picture of a broken branch from a storm to make sure my drawing was accurate. Mia’s wardrobe was another place where I needed inspiration. Luckily, a friend of mind showed me a series of pictures of her granddaughter who had a great sense of style that gave me inspiration for Mia’s wardrobe.
Meet the Author:
Nancy Carlisle is an author, illustrator and retired architect and manager. She writes hopeful books for kids that interweave facts and fiction about the environment and global responsibility.
During her 38 year career, as an architect and researcher, her focus was on the environment. She led work nationally and internationally on sustainable and energy efficient buildings and communities and won awards for collaboratively designing award-winning sustainable buildings, a laboratory campus, and as part of a team to develop a program to improve the energy efficiency of laboratories in the U.S.
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