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The Little Hummingbird



This Indigenous picture book focuses on the message that we should do everything we can to protect our environment. All of the animals flee a great fire that is burning their forest, except for the little hummingbird.  She carries water one drop at a time onto the fire.  The other animals do nothing because they are too frightened.  Although it is doubtful the hummingbird can extinguish the fire, what matters is that she tries.  The little hummingbird epitomizes perseverance in the face of adversity.  Her actions demonstrate how one individual can positively impact an entire community.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This book can be used to help students understand the interdependence between traditional knowledge and environmental conservation.  Students could be encouraged to express their opinions about the actions of the little hummingbird related to their own perceptions about protecting the forest.  The story also furthers an understanding of First Nations culture and traditions.   

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Themes Addressed

Indigenous Knowledge (2)

  • Rituals, Spirituality and Worldviews
  • TEK -- Traditional Ecological Knowledge