Tour and Giveaway for MIA AND THE HUMMINGBIRD by Nancy Carlisle

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  1. Join us for this tour from June 14 to June 25, 2021!

Book Details:

  • Book Title:  MIA AND THE HUMMINGBIRD by Nancy Carlisle
    Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  34 pages
    Genre:  Juvenile fiction/social themes or animals/birds
    Publisher:  Sage 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.


Mia and the Hummingbird is not only a sweet children’s story, it is so much more. This book talks of Mia, who had no choice but to leave her county and move to the US. There are so many issues to deal with when you move to a different country. One very important issues is sometimes learning a new language. Then there is meeting new people and finding new friends, the foods are probably different. I felt so bad for this sweet girl. Then Mia saw a Humming bird outside her window as she is trying to build a nest for her babies, and as Mia watched, she learn a lot from this about her new move. This cute Hummingbird was full of great valuable lessons for Mia to learn and do. Mia sounds like a smart little girl and I know you would love reading this book to your child. This book deserves to be everywhere a child is. Whether it be a library, Schoolroom or library or daycare. This one is Four Stars for me.

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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  1. What got you interested in children’s books?

I have always loved nature and the outdoors, I like to draw, and I want to inspire kids to find beauty in nature and work to improve our environment. Several years ago, I saw the traveling exhibit called “Washed Ashore, where artist Angela Pozzi, took ocean trash and turned it into sculptures of imaginative sea creatures with the hopeful message that everyone can do something to help the problem with plastic in the ocean, I decided that I wanted to help also by writing hopeful books that address serious environmental issues. My first book addressed the ocean plastic problem.  

  1. What do you hope kids take away from the book?

I want kids to learn to love nature and to be hopeful and resilient and persistent. I also want them also to treat all people and the planet with respect and think about issues tied to justice and equity.  Maybe that is a lot to hope for, but I am optimistic and have a lot of faith in the next generation. 

I also hope that kids and parents enjoy the text boxes and glossary because they provide some facts and vocabulary that can aid in stimulating a rich book discussion.

  1. Why does the story start off with pages going back and forth between Mia and the Bird?

Many of the books that I enjoy, start off by first describing one character, then a second character and so forth. As a reader, I find this is a good way to engage me in a story because just as I start to get to know one character, the story jumps to someone else. I thought it would be fun to try this approach in a much simpler format for a kid’s book.

  1. What got you interested in hummingbirds?

Several things: first, I was hiking, and a hummingbird kept flying close to me because I got too close to its nest.  The birds constant flying made me stop and look for the nest which I found.  Next my neighbor noticed a nest in his tree and set up a step latter so that I could walk up and peak in the nest and watch the baby bird hatch and grow. I took several pictures of the little birds in the nest. Third during the pandemic, I, and all my neighbors, put out feeders and all became avid hummingbird watchers.

  1. What is your favorite part of the story?

There are several parts of the story that I like.  I like the scene where Mia rode her bike through the neighborhood, and nothing looked familiar. This was based on my experience walking in France one day when I got lost and didn’t know a lot of French.  Like Mia, I 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.  I also like the scene where the branch snapped, and the nest is carried off by the wind because where I live we have fierce thunder storms so this scene seems so real to me. 


 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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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Grace
    Jun 23, 2021 @ 18:07:12

    Looks like a cosy mystery. Excited to read it 🙂.



  2. Shelly Peterson
    Jun 24, 2021 @ 12:07:31

    Sounds like a good read.



  3. Kari B
    Jun 25, 2021 @ 11:51:04

    Such a great topic for a children’s book.



  4. Tracie M Cooper
    Jun 27, 2021 @ 11:28:44

    So excited to read!



  5. megan allen
    Jun 30, 2021 @ 09:54:55

    I think this would be great to read with the kids! Thank you for sharing!



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