Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Linda P. Young
Illustrator: Violeta Honasan
“We had loads of fun
with you both and can hardly wait to come back,” the children tell
Anna and Andy in Linda P. Young’s children’s book, The
Adventures of Anna and Andy Hummingbird: Anna and Andy Meet the
Grandchildren / Book 3, Stories, 11, 12, and 13.
Part of a series, this thirty-two-page paperback targets children ages four to eight years old who enjoy make-believe stories about talking hummingbirds. With no scary scenes, the fiction contains some complicated wording for beginner readers. Colorful and expressive detailed illustrations cover almost all pages with writing overlapping them.
In this book that contains three separate stories about two hummingbirds named Anna and Andy, the first tale is about several grandchildren visiting their grandmother and having a scavenger hunt with the birds participating. The next one involves the birds meeting the children’s imaginary dragon who flies them to the circus and back. The final story has the children playing in a pool and the birds getting squirted with water, meeting the youngest brother, and saying goodbye to their new friends.
I like that this series about two hummingbirds who only converse with children, inanimate objects, and a grandmother promotes asking what something is when unsure and being inquisitive. The pictures are detailed enough to keep the attention if read out loud to a young child.
Due to the long paragraphs on the pages, it would best be read out loud to some children as it may frustrate some readers. Beginner readers may struggle with some of the three-syllable words.
A business owner and grandmother, Young has written this series from actual events that occurred in her yard involving hummingbirds. No information is available on the illustrator.
I wish the book were proof-read for the punctuation errors that may cause confusion with some new readers.
If you are looking for a fanciful book about two hummingbirds that interact with young children as they learn about their surroundings, this may be a good choice.
Thanks to Bookpleasures, Bohleson Group, and the author for this book to read and review.