• The Hummingbirds' Gift

  • Wonder, Beauty, and Renewal on Wings
  • By: Sy Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Sy Montgomery
  • Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (115 ratings)

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By: Sy Montgomery
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Publisher's Summary

From the beloved New York Times best-selling author of the “fascinating...entertaining” (The Daily Beast) National Book Award finalist The Soul of an Octopus, a charmingly perfect gem of a book about the most exquisite and extraordinary of winged creatures - hummingbirds.

As one of the most beautiful and intriguing birds found in nature, hummingbirds fascinate people around the world. The lightest birds in the sky, hummingbirds are capable of incredible feats, such as flying backwards, diving at speeds of 61 MPH, and beating their wings more than 60 times a second. Miraculous creatures, they are also incredibly vulnerable when they first emerge from their eggs. That’s where Brenda Sherburn comes in.

With tenderness and patience, she rescues abandoned hummingbirds and nurses them back to health until they can fly away and live in the wild. In The Hummingbird’s Gift, the extraordinary care that Brenda provides her peanut-sized patients is revealed and, in the process, shows us just how truly amazing hummingbirds are. With Sy Montgomery’s signature “joyful passion” (Library Journal), this inspiring little book celebrates the profound gift that hummingbirds are to our planet and is the ultimate gift for nature lovers and bird watchers everywhere.

©2021 An earlier version of this material appeared as a chapter in Sy Montgomery’s book Birdology (2010).“Birds Are Made of Air” from Birdology ©2010 Sy Montgomery. Introduction ©2021 Sy Montgomery. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Disappointed

I have read most of Sy Montgomerys’ books. I loved them all. This one was so short it felt far more like a journal article, the form in which it t was originally published. I preordered this book with excited anticipation. I felt left hanging at the end, waiting for more.

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A sweet, hopeful and educational story.

A wonderfully narrated and educational story about the rescue and release of two baby hummingbirds.

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Humming Birds A wonder bird

A wonderfully written story about the world's smallest bird. You'll love the outcome of the rescued pair.

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Hummingbird

I wasn't sure what to expect. This little book was a delight to read. Really enjoyed ☺ the author reading the book.

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Not my cup of tea

I had hoped to learn a lot about hummingbirds, but this story was very human-centric, with humans being the saviors of vulnerable, orphaned baby birds.

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The Hummingbirds’ Gift

Takes me on a journey listening to every book she writes, another heartfelt adventure in this gem

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Such a beautiful and touching book!

Loved loved this book! As a lover of all things this story was heartfelt but educational all in one! Hummingbirds are fascinating and this was beautifully portrayed!

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A great book

A wonderful book that I found to be developmental and maturative for a young man coming of age such as myself. I found this book relatable and generally worthwhile to get through. I recommend this book.

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Wonderful!!!

OMG! This is sooooo sweet!!! I love Sy Montgomery’s work! We have tons of hummingbirds and it was just great to learn more about their life!