Illustrated by :Jesse Hummingbird
Audience:Grade (US) 1 - 2
Dimensions:8.5in x 8.5 x 0.13 in | 150 gr
Page Count:40 pages
1. Written by a Cherokee grandmother who wanted to teach her grandchildren and other youngsters to be compassionate towards all of nature.
2. This adorable story is a great introduction to ecology.
3. Children learn how bugs are nature’s little helpers and that they should be friendly towards them.
4. Comprehension questions and guided projects enhance the learning experience.
5. 2015 Cherokee illustrator Jesse Hummingbird (1952-2021) was named a Tribal Elder by the Cherokee Nation and in 2017, a National Treasure, an honor given by the tribe to those who are helping to keep Cherokee art and culture alive.
Elly-Kree George (1924-2003) was of Scottish-Cherokee descent and grew up in Ohio. From an early age she loved all facets of nature. Later as a Girl Schout leader and Audubon Jr. Club leader, she was able to instill a respect of the natural world in both her own children and neighborhood kids. After observing her grandchildren taking nature walks, Elly-Kree wrote this story to remind them, and others, to be kind to all creatures. Elly-Kree's husband was artist Edwin George, a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. They lived on the Cherokee reservation in North Carolina.
Jesse T. Hummingbird is a Cherokee artist who has won awards for his paintings at major shows across the country. In 2017, he was selected by the Cherokee Nation as a Cherokee National Living Treasure. He and his wife Sandy Hummingbird wrote and illustrated six Native coloring and activity books for kids. He passed away in 2021.