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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 26 pages
  • Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc; large type edition edition (February 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616331399
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616331399
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,273,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After having been an elementary school teacher, a management consultant with New Options, Inc. in New York City and a university professor of education, Nancy now writes children's books full time. She, her husband and children lived in London for eight years, where she was a consultant to several universities, including Cambridge.

Nancy is the author of the Bella and Britt Series: One Pelican at a Time, Sea Turtle Summer, Bella Saves the Beach and Mystery at Manatee Key. All are published by Guardian Angel Publishers. Her newest book, Katrina and Winter: Partners in Courage, was released in April, 2012. It is the biography of Katrina Simpkins with Winter, the dolphin (Dolphin Tale film).

In June, 2011, WEDU-Tampa filmed a feature on One Pelican at a Time and Nancy. This is being shown by PBS stations throughout the US. Please view it here under Videos.

Nancy is a featured speaker at national SCBWI conferences.

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What a great watercolor illustrations by Samantha Bell.
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One Pelican at a Time is a great book for teaching children the importance of taking care of our environment.
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Bella and Britt, who are best friends, discover that the local pelican is covered in oil.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian Alfred on March 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
Set on a coast affected by the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill, One Pelican at a Time is a beautifully written, touching and timely book about two young girls' small but significant effort to rescue an oil-covered pelican, thus helping remedy a tragic situation caused by adults. By tracing how these two best friends progress from worry and helplessness to determination and action, and ultimately to success and learning about the ecosystem of which they are a part and how to protect it, the book manages simultaneously to be sweet, suspenseful and educational. Although revolving around an ecological disaster, the story is very uplifting, emphasizing teamwork, calmness and perseverance in the face of calamity. The illustrations are gorgeous and perfectly compliment the text, I especially like the oil-covered pelican soaking in his cleaning tub whilst peering out through soap suds with bright eyes. I recommend this book as highly as possible - it is a delicate, touching treatment of a traumatic recent event that will go miles towards teaching future generations to look after the world more sensibly than we have!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By speak4languages on March 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
One Pelican at a Time is a much needed book that explores the Gulf Oil Spill. The story showcases Bella and her best friend Britt. The girls are very concerned about the slick oil that came to shore. Bella's and Britt's concern grew to a peak when their favorite pelican plunged into a patch of blackened sea. They feared for the Pelican's safety. The girls took action and with their help a bird sanctuary expert helped save the pelican's life.

Reading One Pelican at a Time left me with a warm fuzzy feeling deep in my heart because of the following reasons:

1) The story chronicles two very responsible teens taking action to help remedy a very serious situation caused by adults.

2) Teachers and parents can read the story to teach children about respecting the earth and how to care for our planet.

3) Most importantly, parents and teachers can use the book to instill in young children that we all, young and old must do our part to keep our planet safe.

Samantha Bell's illustrations brought this exceptional story to full life. If you are a concerned parent or teacher in search of a good book that will help children learn about caring for the planet, I highly recommend One Pelican at a Time.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Bockman on March 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
One unfortunate pelican plus two caring, helpful girls equals a story of love for the earth and its creatures. Almost a year after the Gulf oil spill, the picture of devastation is still with us. This book, One Pelican at a Time, shows a simplified look at the way people responded to the crisis. Children will relate to the oil-covered bird and the fear and sadness of Britt and Bella. And they will understand the methods of clean-up through a minimum of words but detailed pictures. Nancy Stewart's words and Samantha Bells's pictures combine smoothly to give a complete overview of the problem of the oil spill and some of the solutions.

I wouldn't be surprised if this book inspires every reader to want to help in some ecological way, if not to save a bird, then to find another project.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julie Tucker on March 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is such a timely and important story! As a mother I want my daughter to grow up with respect and concern for our world's animals and our environment. As a teacher I want to teach our children and future generations of adults, compassion for animals and ways to care for the environment. I would like for every child to grow up believing that one person can make a difference in saving our future and caring for the life of an animal. The moral behind this story is so important. Beautifully written and delightfully illustrated, this story is a must for all children and a great resource for every school!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynda S. Burch on March 18, 2011
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This book is an excellent resource for families and educators to instill a desire for children to learn to care for our planet. I was present on the beach at Pensacola, FL when the oil hit the beach in late May, early June 2010. I witnessed the contamination of the oil slicks on the beach. In the winter 2011 I saw the tarballs and the devastation of the animal life affected by the spill. This book is dear to my heart and a wonderful representation of how children can be affected by such a tragic event but can learn to contribute and promote a green planet. Kudos to Nancy Stewart and Samantha Bell for such an exceptional picture book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan J. Berger on March 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a beautifully written and illustrated picture book which shows that children are an important part of the process.
The Gulf oil spill was a terrible thing in both ecological and human terms. Two young girls find a way to help in the cleanup of the disaster.
This book is empowering. It is important for children to know they do not have to be helpless onlookers in times like these.
This book meets children at their own level and the illustrations are gorgeous.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew C Schaub on March 24, 2011
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As the first picture book written about the Horizon Deepwater Spill of 2010, One Pelican at a Time is not only timely, but also engaging and heartwarming. Bella and Britt's determination to help an old pelican covered in oil shows readers that little hands can make a big difference. Without being preachy or doom-saying, One Pelican at a Time does a wonderful job of inspiring readers to take responsibility for the health of our planet. Samantha Bell's bright watercolor illustrations make the beach scenes come to life. I look forward to reading more about Bella and Britt's environmental stewardship in the upcoming titles in this series, Bella Saves the Beach and Sea Turtle Summer.
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