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One Pelican at a Time: A Story of the Gulf Oil Spill Paperback – Large Print, February 20, 2011

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About the Author

Nancy Stewart has a nursing background and spent a year in Nigeria helping to establish a medical school.

Samantha Bell is both the author and the illustrator of The Perfect Pet. As a teacher, Samantha was looking for a way to help her children understand animal classification. Some of the other books that she has written or illustrated include It's Birthday Time, Jake!, Shaping up the Year, As I Watch, Growing Up Dreams, Cinderfella and the Furry Godmother, One Pelican at a Time, and Sea Turtle Summer. Samantha is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. A native of sunny central Florida, she grew up in an area brimming with wildlife; and now lives in the upstate of South Carolina with her husband and four children where she's found plenty of room for the family's animal friends.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • 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: 8 x 0.1 x 10 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: #3,949,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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Compassion and the love for our Earth's surroundings propel Bella and Britt into action in the wake of the Gulf Oil Spill. Almost immediately dismissed by adults to be of any true assistance in the cleanup efforts because of their young age, the girls continue onward down the beach.

Ignoring the dismissal the girls leap into action when they witness the struggle of one pelican as he fights to break free from the oil infested waters. Are their cries for assistance heard in time and acted upon by those in charge? Or will their one pelican meet an early demise?

Children's author, Nancy Stewart brings her own love and concern for our natural resources to the forefront in this eye opening and spine tingling story of the ramifications of the Gulf Oil Spill. The author also provides a brief history and listing of resources regarding the Gulf Oil Spill to further spark your interest in protecting our environment.

Samantha Bell's glorious illustrations depict the story in all its beauty and sorrow, compelling the reader to action and further education in how everyone can make the environment better for all.
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