Friday, June 18, 2021

Mia and the Hummingbird by Nancy Carlisle - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

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Book Details:

Book Title:  MIA AND THE HUMMINGBIRD by Nancy Carlisle
CategoryChildren's Fiction (Ages 3-7),  34 pages
GenreJuvenile fiction/social themes or animals/birds
PublisherSage Green Press
Release date:   March, 2021
Content Rating:  G. There is nothing that even comes close to PG.

Book Description:

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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 My Review
Mia and the Hummingbird is a lovely children's book about a little girl forced to move to a new country after a hurricane comes through her hometown. Mia feels out of place and unsure of herself, but like the hummingbird in the story whose nest is blown out of a tree, she adapts and rebuilds her life. 
I think this book is really nice, with wonderful illustrations. Young readers will enjoy reading about Mia learning to overcome the obstacles facing her in a new country, and they'll enjoy discovering new, fun facts about hummingbirds as well.
The back of the book includes a glossary of terms for young readers to learn about, as well as a bibliography and some references to other websites/texts for more reading. 
Overall, a very nicely put-together children's book. 
4 stars.

Author Interview

1.     Your background is Architecture, how is that like children’s book writing

Good question! There are many similarities. In both cases, the appearance of the final product, whether a book or a building, is important.  In both cases, the end product should evoke a specific emotion. For a house, the emotion might be cozy, monumental, or well-integrated into the natural environment.  For a children’s book, the emotion might be funny or scary or comforting. In both architecture and kids’ books, the image (illustrations in the book) must be well integrated with the function (book text).  Both processes involve synthesizing a lot of data and ideas to clearly express an objective.  Both processes involve many steps and the use of specialists. For books the specialists are the editors, writers, layout designer, illustrator, sales, web designer, etc.


2.     What is the most meaningful part of the story for you

The Foreword is very meaningful for me.  It is a French proverb, “Little by little, the bird builds it’s nest”.  I first heard this on the last day of a multi-week intensive French course that I took in France. Using the proverb, the professor’s message was that learning French is a slow process, and yes, our class made good progress during the course but still have more to learn.  It made me picture a little bird, coupled with my struggle to learn French and this was all it took to get me started on my story, Mia and the Hummingbird.


3.     Why do you like being both the writer and illustrator

In Mia and the Hummingbird, I had a general story idea and a general idea of the illustrations, and I drew a few pictures first, specifically the bird building the nest and the bird getting milkweeds as a first step.  Then I wrote much of the text and thought of the images at the same time. Often an image would drop into my mind as I write a line of text, for example the image of Mia thinking about her homeland.  For the illustration of Mia lost on her bike ride, I spent a lot of time thinking about what the neighborhood might look like. Likewise when the Little Bird built the second nest, I want to make sure that it was in a different type of tree than the first nest.  The pictures helped me write the story.


4.     What was an example in your life that gave you inspiration for the story

Good question. The part of the story where Mia rode her bike through the neighborhood, and nothing looked familiar was based on my experience walking in France one day when I got lost and didn’t know a lot of French.  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.


5.     What do you think is most interesting fact about hummingbirds

The fact that I find most interesting is that the mother hummingbird uses spider silk in weaving the nest together so that the nest can expand as the baby birds grow.

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.

connect with the author: website 
Tour Schedule:
June 14 – Reading is My Passion – book review / guest post
June 14 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 15 – Ice Fairy's Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
June 16 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 17 – The Bespectacled Mother – book review / guest post
June 18 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 21 – Lisa's Reading – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 22 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 23 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 24 - Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
June 25 – Cheryl's Book Nook – book review / giveaway

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  1. Thank you for sharing your review and the book and author details, this sounds like a wonderful read

  2. Such a great topic for a children's book.

  3. Such a great topic for a children's book.

  4. I have 2 Hummingbird feeders and we just love watching them.

  5. I think this will be so good to read with my kiddos. Educational and teaches a lot of great morals.


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