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Zoey and the Magical Hummingbirds by Ebonie P. Fields follows a young girl as she discovers the joy of having a sibling and family through her adventures on the island of Jamaica. Jealous of her new sibling, Zoey runs away from home. She meets two hummingbirds with magical abilities that take her on new exhilarating adventures. In the first, she finds herself in a beautiful jungle with breathtaking scenery, stunning butterflies, and colorful flowers. Engrossed in everything around her she does not notice someone in her path. Zoey forms a new friendship and learns more about her new friend. After learning the lesson in the first adventure, the hummingbirds take her on another exciting one.
Zoey and the Magical Hummingbirds explores an important topic through beautiful and moving scenes. Each scene shows the beauty of Jamaica including its sunny beaches and lush forests. Through the observations she makes and the conversations she has with the people she meets, Zoey grows and understands the value of family. The magical elements covered in the story through the hummingbirds introduce surprising and fascinating scenes. They include a fun song sung by the hummingbirds that children will love. Young audiences will also love the book for its illustrations that enliven the story. The book contains informative snippets of Jamaican history including a conversation that covers Christopher Columbus and his men’s arrival in Jamaica and the Arawak, an indigenous people who were early inhabitants of the island. Zoey and the Magical Hummingbirds explores important themes through lovely scenes and fun characters.