From the Series Nature's Superheroes
In this book, early fluent readers will learn about the unique maneuverability of hummingbirds. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage young readers as they learn more about the special biological adaptions that make hummingbirds one of nature’s superheroes.
An infographic aids understanding, and an activity offers readers an opportunity to extend discovery. Children can learn more about hummingbirds using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Super Hummingbirds also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, a glossary, and an index.
Super Hummingbirds is part of Jump!’s Nature’s Superheroes series.
|Interest Level||Grade 2 - Grade 5|
|Reading Level||Grade 2|
|Category||Beginning Readers, STEM|
|Number of Pages||24|
Series Made Simple
Fascinating facts and appealing photographs introduce animals with extraordinary abilities. Most of the text focuses on a few particular aspects of the featured animal, such as the hummingbird’s ability to fly, go into torpor, and find nectar. Lucidly written paragraphs identify different traits and explain how they help the creature. A chapter on chameleon colors includes information about reflective cells, body temperature, and visual communication. Abilities that apply to a specific species, such as weaver ants’ “superglue,” are noted. Photographs are large and clear, and most depict the animal showing off the relevant characteristic, from a hummingbird hanging upside down in torpor to honeypot ants storing nectar. Simple sentence structure keeps the text accessible for younger readers, and a captioned, full-body diagram reinforces the content. VERDICT The combination of text, visuals, and subject matter offers high appeal for middle elementary grade readers.
Booklist (Miriam Aronin)
This zippy title lives up to its series name, Nature’s Superheroes (5 titles), as Kenney presents a variety of awe-inspiring, “super” hummingbird facts. Hummingbirds’ abilities, such as flying backward, are presented as “powers,” which feels exciting but not hyperbolic, because facts carefully support each assertion. Some of the details, such as how these tiny creatures move their wings in a figure-eight pattern or only use their feet to perch—not walk, may surprise even adult readers. The facts in the text are not only interesting, but also well integrated. Short, simple sentences flow together easily to build larger ideas. Beautiful, close-up photos on every spread add a sense of immediacy and focus to the text, and a helpful diagram labels this bird’s main features. One small caveat: adults may wish to check that they live in a hummingbird-friendly area before encouraging children to do the suggested project of making and observing hummingbird feeders. Overall, though, this book makes learning about nature wondrous and engaging for both children and adults. — Miriam Aronin