Wednesday, May 11, 2011

One Pelican at a Time

Nancy Stewart's book, One Pelican at a Time, has already won some awards although it was only published a few months ago. It's about two girls, Britt and Bella, who discover a pelican covered by oil from the Gulf Oil spill and help to save it. The girls wisely got help from adults, but what they did themselves mattered a lot.
I asked the author, who lives in Florida near the Gulf of Mexico, what influence her own experience after the famous disaster had on writing this book. Here's what she told me:
"Our condo is on Clearwater Beach, a part of Tampa Bay. Fortunately, we did not have any oil spill residue. But just being a part of the gulf community was enough to be impacted emotionally. We love it and respect the marine life found there, so it wasn't any stretch of the imagination to empathize. Because of this and coupled with all the live shots of the oil spurting from the well and at the surface, the book was a natural. In fact, Lynda Burch, my publisher and I thought the book was crying out to be written. So I wrote it."
The book is well written and the lovely illustrations by Samantha Bell convey the story perfectly. Kids who read it will enjoy discovering what two children like themselves were able to do to make a difference in the world. I hope a lot of readers will be inspired to make a difference themselves. I asked Nancy Stewart for some suggestions and she said, "I believe the things to do with kids that will have the most impact are things they can really do. Every day. Things such as: turn off water while brushing teeth (three gallons used each time we don't), turn off lights when leaving a room, (I always tell little ones in school visits, each time they turn off a light they are helping save a polar bear), take short showers and unplug appliances after using them. And there are so many more. In fact, I have a power point I made as a presenter at the Illinois Reading Council Conference in March. It's on my website for anyone to use. It's called, Let's Help Kids Save Our Planet. If anyone wants it, s/he is free to use it.

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I believe many young readers will be inspired by this book to make a difference in the world.


Nicole weaver said...


Nancy's book is simply great! I had a chance to read and review it too. Splendid !

Nicole Weaver
Trilingual Children's Author

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the lovely review of Nancy's debut children's book. We're so excited that it is doing so well.

We hope your readers will stop by YouTube at to view the video trailer for the book.

Thanks again for the great review.


Kai said...
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Kai said...

(I'm going to try again :D )

I love, "Each time you turn off a light you save a polar bear." I'm going to try that with my daughter. Best of luck to Pelican!

Janet Ann Collins said...

Thanks for all the nice comments.

Nancy Stewart said...

Thank you so much, Janet, for allowing me on your lovely blog today. And thank you also for the great review. I appreciate it and all the comments so much.

The very best wishes to you, your writing and your blog!

Janet Ann Collins said...

Nancy, you are more than welcome.

Margot Finke said...

This book is timely, as well as a great read for kids. Congrats Nancy - well done, mate.

All I missed was that lovely cover. I like to view covers when i read reviews. It kinda sets each review in my head. and you know what they say: every picture is worth. . .

Margot’s Magic Carpet
Kids Books With a WOW Factor!

Janet Ann Collins said...

Sorry, Margot.

billkirkwrites said...

Nice work, Janet and Nancy. Glad to hear Tampa and Clearwater stayed clear of the goo. We were in the Pensacola Beach-Fort Walton Beach area a couple weeks ago and it was all clear there as well. But the impact on sea life throughout the area will likely be felt for years. Nancy's story is indeed a timely tale.

Janet Ann Collins said...

It certainly is, Bill.

NancyCL said...

Way to go, Nancy!!