The Far-Flung Adventures of Homer the Hummer
Illustrated by Catherine McClung.
Mitten Press, 2005.
ISBN 13: 978-1-58726-269-2
Sometimes the smallest creatures have the biggest and most extraordinary adventures. Homer, a ruby-throated hummingbird no bigger than your index finger, journeys from the lush, tropical rain forests of Costa Rica to an artist’s garden in the northern stretches of the U.S. Take flight with Homer and experience the dangers, enormous distances, and delightful friendships on his journey.
When my second son, Benjamin, was little, he was perpetually frustrated by being smaller and slower than his big brother. “I’m tired of being little,” he’d insist. I wrote this for everyone who has felt too small or too big, too young or too old, too rich or too poor, or too much of anything else.
Homer is the tiniest creature in the bird kingdom, and yet he accomplishes remarkable achievements. So can we all, no matter what our circumstances are. It was a pleasure to work with Catherine McClung, who is a renowned bird artist; this book was her first attempt at painting people for print work—and she did a marvelous job.