The Little Hummingbird

The Little Hummingbird

  • animal
  • arts
  • from-british-columbia
  • indigenous
This inspiring children's book—a revised edition of the award-winning Flight of the Hummingbird—is based on a South American indigenous story about a courageous hummingbird who defies fear and expectations in her attempt to save the forest from fire. The illustrated story is supplemented by a natural and cultural history of hummingbirds, as well as an inspiring message from Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai. The evocative artwork by internationally renowned Haida artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas complements the optimistic tale that encourages everyone to take responsibility for their home and the planet.


Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, illustrator

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas challenges native stereotypes through illustrative story telling. His artwork is informed by many years of dedication to public service and political activism, mostly on behalf of the Haida. Yahgulanaas creates pop-graphic narratives that riff on traditional Haida stories and painting techniques, and developed "Haida Manga"—the distinctive art form for which he is widely known. A trickster-like sense of humour contributes to his work's appeal. Yahgulanaas' books include Flight of the Hummingbird, A Tale of Two Shamans, The Last Voyage of the Black Ship, Hachidori, and Red, a graphic novel.


  • The art work in it is breathtaking and anyone in your house over 10 will love it. If that's not enough it includes an afterword from the Dalai Lama. - The Province

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Greystone Books



rights available: World, excl. Korea and Japan

Additional Information

age range: 3-10

number of pages: 32

publication date: 03/01/2010

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book