Friday, April 8, 2011

One Pelican at a Time by Nancy Stewart

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.

This book will help your youngster learn how he/she can help wildlife when faced with the disasters of an oil spill; it also stresses the dangers and need for proper handling of the oil.  The illustrations are like a water color, very nicely done.  Good book for opening up discussions on what can be done and how.

read author interview with Pump Up Your Book here 

As days passed, the girls waited and watched while adults tried to fix the problem. That is, until they saw the old pelican leave his perch and plunge into a patch of sticky sea.

Britt gasped. “Will he come back up?”

“If he does, how can he live? Bella questioned.

But he did come to the surface, covered in heavy, tacky oil. He looked at them, and they looked at him. And the girls took action.

“Help! Help us help the pelican!” both girls screamed.

A young man who, on such a hot, summer day, would be renting colorful umbrellas to beachgoers, sat alone on the sand.

“What’s the trouble?” he shouted, running toward the girls.

“The old pelican! The old pelican! We have to save him!” Bella sobbed.

“Come on. No time to lose!” The young man sprinted down the beach to the clean-up crews.

“Ah, I know that old bird,” nodded the crew chief. “Let’s go get him.”

After having been an elementary school teacher, a management consultant with New Options, Inc. in New York City and a university professor of education, Nancy Stewart now writes children’s books full time. She, her husband and three sons, lived in London for eight years, where she was a consultant to several universities, including Cambridge.

Nancy travels extensively throughout the world, most particularly Africa. She is the US chair of a charity in Lamu, Kenya, that places girls in intermediate schools to allow them to further their education.

Nancy is the author of One Pelican at a Time and two other Bella books: Bella Saves the Beach and Sea Turtle Summer. All three will be published by Guardian Angel Publishing.

She and her family live in St. Louis and Clearwater Beach, Florida.

You can visit Nancy online at or at her blog

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A copy of this book was provided for review by Virtual Book tours



Cheryl said...

Thanks for hosting Nancy today. I'm glad you enjoyed her debut children's book. One Pelican at a Time continues to be an Amazon bestseller and has spent time on their Hot New Releases list and their Most Wished for list in kid's books. I hope your reader will check it out, as it is the first U.S. kid's book to tackle the issue of the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill.

Nancy Stewart said...

I want to thank you so very much for reviewing One Pelican at a Time. Your blog is beautiful and so lovingly done.

All best wishes to you!