Monday, April 25, 2011

One Pelican At A Time by Nancy Stewart

Do you try to explain nation and international events to your young children, grandchildren or other young family members?

Sometimes it’s difficult to explain to youngsters what actually is going on in the world even though they see reports on the news each day. Sometimes they ask questions that you may not have answers to. Author Nancy Stewart recently released a children’s book during with such an issue.

One Pelican At A Time by Nancy Stewart

Author Nancy Stewart has created an inspiring and educational book for youngsters (and old alike) that deals with the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill.

The story features Bella and Britt, two young girls who enjoy the beach along the Gulf Coast and its inhabitants. When they discover oil washing up on shore, they are eager to help. The ranger explains that there’s nothing they can do as adults have to clean up the oil.

When their friend, the old crooked beak pelican, becomes covered in oil, the girls’ quick action saves his life. This proves to them that everyone can do something in their own way to help.

The book is beautifully illustrated by Samantha Bell. The book is suggested for readers ages 7 to 12.

Author Nancy Stewart’s website is

Illustrator Samantha Bell’s website is

One Pelican At A Time by Nancy Stewart, Guardian Angel Publishing, @2011, ISBN: 9781616331399, Paperback, 26 pages

FTC Full Disclosure - I requested this book as part of the author’s blog tour and it was sent to me by the author in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

Do you think it’s good to explain environmental issues like the oil spill to youngsters?


  1. yep, it's so important to teach our children respect for the environment and the consequences of its mistreatment.

  2. For sure. They have to understand. As kids, if they have a love for and a respect for, the the environment it will stay with them for their life.

    I like the idea of this book. Everyone can help in some way--even if it's small. :-)

  3. Mason - Thanks for this review. I really admire people who write good children's books. Anything that gets young people reading is doing a very good thing...

    And yes, I believe children need to be told about the delicate environmental balance that keeps us all alive. They don't need to be told all of the gory details right away. But they do need to know...

  4. I for one really struggle when I explain current events to my daughter. Books like this help, for sure.

  5. I definitely do think children should be aware of issues, at their own level, in their capacity. The author here sets a perfect example of how to do so.

  6. Thanks for the great review of Nancy's book. It's an Amazon bestseller and has spent time on their Hot New Releases list and their Most Wished For list in kid's books.

    Nancy lives in Florida, and believes in protecting our world and its creatures, so her passion truly shines through with this one. There are two other Bella and Brit books scheduled for publication through Guardian Angel Publishing.

    I hope your readers take a moment to visit Nancy's website to learn more. If they visit her blog at they'll also often find news on other environmental issues.

    Thanks again for the great review.


  7. I think it explains brilliantly and I think it will appeal to our grandbeans a lot, we will check it out. Hugs GJ x

  8. Sounds like a loverly book. I believe we should try to help our kids understand what's going on in the world around them, and to place the event in the context of the moral values we're trying to instill in them.

  9. we live on the Gulf Coast, so it was impossible NOT to talk to my young daughters about it. Books like this are super-helpful, along with urricane books like "Ol Middler Saves the Day" ( really help kids understand these events and be less fearful.

    Thanks, Mason! :o) <3

  10. I have a ten year old friend who will be very interested in this book. It sounds great, thanks for sharing, Mason.

  11. I want to thank you very much for allowing to be on your wonderful blog today and for the lovely review of One Pelican at a Time. I appreciate all the comments as well. It's so gratifying to know there are so many people who see the need to empower the next generation to do something positive when they see the need.

    All best wishes to you.

  12. I've heard of this book. What a great idea!


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