Written and illustrated
by Yendry Rojas Zúñiga
It is a cloudy morning at some place in Alajuela. Meli
Hummingbird stands in a Copey tree, she is really sad because she
w...
Then, Ms Quetzal adds – I´m afraid I
don´t know your parents because we,
Quetzal family, are the most beautiful
birds. And...
And after flying for hours, she gets to a high volcano with a
terrific lake and many trees where several birds live. Thus,...
After a tiring and long trip, as the night falls, Meli stands in a Guanacaste
tree and quickly falls asleep. Next, in the ...
but she is still unsecure if that is the volcano
she is looking for. At that moment, she
perceives a big bird eating somet...
And as Meli is going to safer place, she cannot
understand why Mr Hawk is so angry and embittered in an
awesome place like...
The tears cloud Meli´s vision, but she can
descry to little birds who are getting closer, and
seeing better, they look lik...
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A short story about a little hummingbird who is lost and visits some of the most wonderful volcanoes in Costa Rica.

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A little hummingbird is lost - Yendry Rojas Zúñiga

  1. 1. Written and illustrated by Yendry Rojas Zúñiga
  2. 2. It is a cloudy morning at some place in Alajuela. Meli Hummingbird stands in a Copey tree, she is really sad because she was taken from her nest and then left in an unknown forest. Meli flies to another big Copey tree to find the way to get home, but the only thing she sees is a sign with a weird statement for her, it says: “Welcome to Poás Volcano”. I don´t remember the volcano name where my family lives – Meli Hummingbird thinks- I only know that my father once said that our volcano is the highest one in the country.
  3. 3. Then, Ms Quetzal adds – I´m afraid I don´t know your parents because we, Quetzal family, are the most beautiful birds. And this volcano, as you can see, is the most wonderful one; the acid rain has made many trees and animals disappear, but it is still really attractive and magnificent. However, this is not the highest volcano. I´m sorry, I can´t help you – And Ms Quetzal rapidly went away flying. At that time, Meli Hummingbird realizes she has to continue looking for home. Suddenly, Ms Quetzal stands next to her and asks – What are you doing here little bird? You must be lost. Yes Ms Quetzal – Meli answers – I´m looking for my family, they are the most beautiful birds and live near the highest volcano.
  4. 4. And after flying for hours, she gets to a high volcano with a terrific lake and many trees where several birds live. Thus, Meli flies to a Níspero tree where she can descry Mr Parakeet, he is really concentrated looking at the pleasing paradise. Excuse me Mr Parakeet – Meli Hummingbird interrupts – Is this the highest volcano? Do you know family? They are the most beautiful birds. And, by the way – he continues – we, Parakeet family, are the most beautiful birds. – And without giving Meli Hummingbird chance to say something, he argues he is in the enjoying nature time and cannot help her anymore. This attitude makes the unlucky little bird decides to keep flying to a different place. Many questions from an inquisitive little bird – Mr Parakeet replies looking disinterested – First of all, this is the Arenal Volcano, we are in San Carlos and… - Doubtfully, Mr Parakeet stops – this is not the highest volcano, this is the youngest and most wonderful one.
  5. 5. After a tiring and long trip, as the night falls, Meli stands in a Guanacaste tree and quickly falls asleep. Next, in the morning, the little hummingbird hears a bird flying around the enormous Guanacaste tree. And, unexpectedly, a flamboyant Tucan shows up and immediately says – Welcome to our Rincón de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste; as you can appreciate, this volcano has several craters and peaks, many great trees and friendly animals... – Meli interrupts – Is this the highest volcano? I´m aware you´re not a visitor – Ms Tucan says – you´re lost. Poor little bird! Where is your house? How can I help you? – Those many questions make Meli remember what Mr Parakeet said about many questions from an inquisitive little or big bird. And taking advantage of that kindness, Meli asks again – Is this the highest volcano? Do you know my family? They are the most beautiful birds. And with a mocking laugh, Ms Tucan answers – I´m sorry, this is not the highest volcano, this is the most delightful one you can visit and… - Shaking her colorful beak, she adds – we, Tucan family, are the most beautiful birds. Consequently, Meli hummingbird understood that many questions and many answers sometimes mean time to leave. And, saying thanks and good bye, she got away flying.
  6. 6. but she is still unsecure if that is the volcano she is looking for. At that moment, she perceives a big bird eating something at the top of an Encino tree; it is Mr Hawk tasting a delicious piece of meat. Meli Hummingbird carefully gets closer and asks – Is this the highest volcano? Do you know my family? They are the most beautiful birds. Saucy little bird – Mr Hawk responds angrily – This is Turrialba volcano in Cartago, the place you should leave now, in case you want to keep safe. I don´t like little birds or… I like them too much – while he shows his sharp claws. With this, the frightened little bird clearly comprehended the message and decided to fly away as fast as possible. The unfortunate little hummingbird feels really tired and depressed because finding her family is becoming harder and almost impossible, nobody knows about her volcano. And giving her best effort, Meli finally gets to another place, she can see a three-crater volcano; however, she is
  7. 7. And as Meli is going to safer place, she cannot understand why Mr Hawk is so angry and embittered in an awesome place like Turrialba Volcano. After, the bewildered little bird flies a couple of minutes more and gets to the most amazing place she had ever seen, she notices she is still in Cartago. Meli sees several trees and a high volcano with five craters; now she is sure that it is the highest volcano she has been looking for. In fact, Meli is right; she has arrived to Irazú volcano, the highest one in Costa Rica. Even though, there are not many animals in the area, that is the perfect place for Meli Hummingbird.
  8. 8. The tears cloud Meli´s vision, but she can descry to little birds who are getting closer, and seeing better, they look like the most beautiful birds. In fact, they are Daddy and Mommy Hummingbird who, extremely happy to have their baby back; welcome Meli with a delicious fruit meal and a warm nest. The blessed little hummingbird is now joyful to be with her beautiful family again and in the most enjoyable and highest volcano. And this is the ever told story of a brave little hummingbird who had unforgettable experiences in some of the most amazing volcanoes. Then, Meli recognizes a gorgeous Jaul tree and she fast flies to stand in one of its branches as the time she realizes that incredibly she is finally at home. But the tears are about to come out of her eyes because neither Daddy nor Mommy Hummingbird are there. – They must have left, they didn´t wait for me – Even sadder, Meli says.

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