Roscoe and the Pelican Rescue

Roscoe and the Pelican Rescue

by Lynn Rowe Reed
     
 

Two cousins learn about how to care for local animals after the Gulf Coast oil spill. Tony is expecting the best summer ever! He'll even get to visit Cousin Addison, who lives right in Louisiana near the beach. But the cousins find that the local beach is closed and full of brown balls of goo. Worse yet, Roscoe, Addison's retriever, finds an oil-covered pelican.

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Overview

Two cousins learn about how to care for local animals after the Gulf Coast oil spill. Tony is expecting the best summer ever! He'll even get to visit Cousin Addison, who lives right in Louisiana near the beach. But the cousins find that the local beach is closed and full of brown balls of goo. Worse yet, Roscoe, Addison's retriever, finds an oil-covered pelican. However, Aunt Olivia has been trained to work a rescue operation, and Tony and Addison learn how to help oil-covered animals. Information about the Deepwater Horizon accident and its affect on the Gulf Coast will be included, along with information on animal rescue efforts.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 1�3—A boy visits his relatives on the Louisiana Gulf Coast during the summer of 2010 and discovers the disastrous results of the oil spill. The beach is closed, and there are all sorts of wildlife in distress on the shore. The family dog, Roscoe, helps the narrator, his cousin Addison, and his knowledgeable aunt and uncle (who are familiar with animal-rescue procedures) to find the oil-drenched pelicans, turtles, etc., and take them to a rescue station. There, the family helps rehabilitate the animals and eventually returns them to a cleaner ocean environment farther along the coast. Bright acrylic childlike paintings accompany the story. Dedicated to all the people who helped during the spill, the book was vetted by a bird-rescue expert for accuracy. Although simplified, the information is useful for the younger set and serves as a timely look at a serious ecological problem.—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
Kirkus Reviews

It's time now for picture books to start weighing in on the Deepwater Horizon debacle. Reed's effort is a tender beginning. A young boy is looking forward to a vacation fishing, swimming and building sand castles with his cousin, who lives on the Louisiana coast. When they arrive at the beach, they are dismayed to find blobs of oil polluting the sand and, worse, fouling three pelicans. Uncle Willie is fuming ("His jaw is clenched and quivering in a way that scares me," says the boy) as he and Aunt Olivia and the kids get the birds to a wildlife rehab center. There commences the arduous process of strengthening the birds, washing and drying them. The text explains the cleaning process without becoming overly pedagogic, and the birds are returned to clean water. Reed doesn't belabor the mess that the oil spill has caused, partly because that is not in the nature of her artwork, which is childlike and two-dimensional; the characters all have big potato heads (Uncle Willie does a very good angry potato head). This is not an Armageddon scenario—no birds die, down the road the beach is unpolluted—as the story pulls up short of that. Way too short: This object lesson needs perhaps a little sting, something to ensure remembrance of the dirty deed, whose long-term consequences won't be known for years. (Picture book. 5-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823423521
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
04/04/2011
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
AD810L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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