Flight of the Hummingbird

Flight of the Hummingbird

A Parable for the Environment

Book - 2008
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Hummingbirds symbolize wisdom and courage. This story has origins with the Quechan people of South America and the Haida of the North Pacific, the determined hummingbird challenges a raging fire that threatens the forest. The story reminds us all that power is not always about size. It is always about commitment.
Publisher: Vancouver : Greystone, c2008.
ISBN: 9781553653721
Characteristics: 61 p. :,col. ill. ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Maathai, Wangari


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WVMLStaffPicks Oct 27, 2014

Yahgulanaas’ graphic novel style is a cross between Northwest Coast formline design and Japanese comic art. In this parable of hope the wise, courageous and determined hummingbird is undaunted by a fire threatening the forest. She repeatedly scoops a single bead of water from the river and flies back to drop it on the fire. A forward by Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize winner from Kenya who started the Green Belt Movement and an afterward by His Holiness the Dalai Lama compliment this story that is enlivened by Yahgulanaas’ illustrations.

McIndoo Jun 11, 2012

Beautiful Haida art and simple text come together to bring about a powerful little message about the power of one. Simply beautiful.

Aug 20, 2011

This book has a very powerful message but is not preachy. I recommend it to everyone!!

Apr 19, 2011

This story was positively adorable, and a new take on the wonderful theme of little being much when one's heart is invested.

quagga Jan 02, 2010

Michael Yahgulanaas has created striking Haida artwork in red, black and white to illustrate a fable told by the Quechan people of Ecuador. The story is of a hummingbird who is the only creature to do anything about extinguishing a fire when a great forest is burning. The other animals all watch, but do nothing, while Dukdukdiya (the Haida word for hummingbird) flies back and forth with a single drop of water each time. She tells the others, "I am doing what I can." Yahgulanaas explains that in traditional Haida stories, it is often the most diminutive being that offers the most critical gift or the necessary solution.

The fable is suitable for all ages, from about age 4 through to adult. For older readers, this very slim book also includes inspirational messages from Wangari Maathai and the Dalai Lama about caring for the environment.

Sep 19, 2008

A truly beautiful little book.

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