One Pelican At A Time

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Bella and Britt love living by the beach. When they find oil washing to shore from a gulf spill, they want to help but are told there is nothing for kids to do. But when their old friend, the pelican, becomes covered with oil, they help save his life by their quick thinking and action.Suggested age for readers: 7 to 12
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Bella and Britt love living by the beach. When they find oil washing to shore from a gulf spill, they want to help but are told there is nothing for kids to do. But when their old friend, the pelican, becomes covered with oil, they help save his life by their quick thinking and action.Suggested age for readers: 7 to 12
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  • ISBN-13: 9781616331382
  • Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/20/2011
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 26
  • Age range: 5 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

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  • Posted March 23, 2011

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    Ramifications of the Gulf Oil Spill - A must read for children and adults

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2011

    Highly Recommended - Outstanding

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 22, 2012

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    Raising Awareness

    One Pelican at a Time by Nancy Stewart, who incidentally is not related, is a wonderful fictional tale based on real events that occurred in the Gulf Oil Spill. Nancy simply yet entertainingly shares the story of Bella and Britt who see first hand the devastating effects of the disaster on the surrounding ecology. Particularly concerned about the wildlife in the area, Bella and Britt keep a close eye on the old crooked beak pelican that is a long time fixture on the beach they love. When the pelican becomes covered in oil, the girls race to find help. One Pelican at a Time is a great book for teaching children the importance of taking care of the environment around us. As Miss Stewart so aptly points out in the author notes, we only have one world and we need to cherish it.

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  • Posted November 18, 2011

    A timely book which touches on important issues regarding environmental stewardship

    One Pelican at a Time, written by Nancy Stewart and illustrated by Samantha Bell, is the story of two young girls who frequent a beach near their home. When a gulf oil spill threatens their beach and the animals which inhabit it, they are saddened by the knowledge that there is little they can do to help.
    But when their old friend, the pelican is put in harm's way after diving into the oil coated water, the girls act quickly to save the pelican's life.
    One Pelican at a Time is a timely book which touches on important issues regarding environmental stewardship and responsibility. Lovely illustrations help enhance this book which would be an exceptional classroom aid for prompting discussion about caring for our planet.

    One Pelican at a Time earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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  • Posted August 29, 2011

    Lots of lessons packed into this little gem!

    I received this book for review from the author. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own. If I was shopping at a book store, this is exactly the type of picture book that I would hope to find. I prefer something non-fiction, something of educational value, or something that models good character traits. This book fits all of my criteria! The book teaches children about the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010 and explains how it affected the environment and wildlife. Geared for ages 7-12, the language was appropriate for my 9-year old daughter. My 3-year old also listened with interest to the story. Bella and Britt, who are best friends, discover that the local pelican is covered in oil. They ask a nearby adult for help, who brings the pelican's plight to the attention of the workers in the area who are cleaning up the oil spill. After the bird is rescued and taken to the bird sanctuary, Bella and Britt help to gently clean the oil off of it. Stewart stresses the importance of saving the environment and gives suggestions to her young readers that they can incorporate into their daily lives to help them be "a bit greener," such as: Turning off lights when they are not being used, not running the water when brushing teeth, and unplugging appliances when they are not in use. I loved that the author included these suggestions because it shows children that even they can make a difference! Stewart also includes child-friendly website links for readers to visit to learn more about oil spills. The illustrations by Bell are colourful, lovely, and appealing to the reader. I love that the best friends, Bella and Britt, are depicted as racially different. This teaches an unspoken lesson about the diversity of our population and acceptance of others who may look different from ourselves. My 9-year old is a nature-lover and favours non-fiction books, specifically anything that has to do with wildlife. She absolutely adored this book and read it the moment it arrived as soon as she saw the cover. There are currently two other books in this series: Bella Saves the Beach and Sea Turtle Summer. You can read more about these books at the author's website. I know my nature-loving kids will want to read these as well! MY RATING: 5 stars!! I loved it, and so did my kids!! Thank you, Nancy!

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

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    Anyone can help when its needed~!!

    One Pelican At A Time is a children's picture book concerning the environment and how even a child can help.

    Britt and Bella, two little girls who live near the beach, are concerned one day when oil begins to wash up on the shores. Watching as the drama unfolds around their home, the girls become frightened when their favourite pelican becomes covered in oil. With no time to spare, the girls decide its time to help and with their quick thinking the girls learn how to help the animals that are washed up and covered in oil.

    The Gulf Oil Spill will live with them forever and the lessons they learn concerning our environment will enable Britt and Bella to react in a positive manner to correct the wrongs that have been occurred.

    I read this to my 7 year old daughter who didn't understand why we needed oil if it made such a big mess of everything. She was very upset that the animals were often the victims in such tragedies, and proceeded to explain to her younger brother that if there was ever an oil spill they would have to go and save the animals. I do believe she received the message being shared with the reader, no matter how small or young you may be, there is always something you can do to help, if your heart is in the right place.

    One Pelican At A Time is a very endearing book for young readers, it not only helps strengthen their reading skills but the message is an important one. This book should be in school and public libraries to introduce to youngsters the plight of our environment, how to care for our planet and how fossil fuels can sometimes hinder the good when serious accidents occur.

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