Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Patti Pelican and The Gulf Oil Spill

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Book Review - Patti Pelican and The Gulf Oil Spill

About the Book
Louisiana author and storyteller Lynda Deniger has published Patti Pelican and the Gulf Oil Spill, a very special and beautifully illustrated children’s book that focuses on teaching and inspiring children to respect and appreciate the environment . 

In this thoughtfully written children’s book, Patti the Pelican and Sammy the Seagull share what happens to them along the shores of Louisiana following the Gulf Oil Spill.

When the oil slick comes ashore, Patti Pelican and Sammy Seagull find themselves in trouble.  With their feathers covered in oil, they are at risk. Their firsthand experience reveals the environmental impact of the dark oily mess that hit the shores and ruined their beautiful habitat.

Patti and Sammy find themselves trapped. What now?

Will they be rescued and taken to a place of safety? Will they ever be able to return to their home? 

Child-friendly illustrations assist children in understanding the serious nature of the terrible disaster in an uplifting, educational way. Conveyed as well is the rapid response, and the strength and commitment of the people and organizations who rushed to aid those affected in the communities along the Gulf of Mexico.

This bitter-sweet tale recounts the events and responses of the people who came to help save the animals impacted by the spill. Deniger captures the heart of the personal efforts and achievements of those who sought to protect the wildlife and help in the area’s recovery after the spill. Her story tells how friends can help others in time of need when they work together toward a common worthy goal.

About the Author

This is the second book in the Salty Seas Series by Lynda Wurster Deniger of Abita Springs, La.  The former journalist used  her research and fact-gathering skills in presenting this factual account of the events of the oil spill from a bird’s perspective.

Performing for audiences since she was three, Lynda Deniger literally dresses the part of a real life shrimper as she takes children on a fun-filled adventure when she acts out the story of Salty Seas and His Heroic Friends.

About the Illustrator

The colorful illustrations, true to the areas of the Gulf and Louisiana, done by Denham Springs artist Paulette Ferguson make this book a memorable, quality reading and learning experience She was named “Artist of the Year, 2006” by the Arts Council of Livingston Parish and the Denham Springs Fine Art Association.

My Take on the BookThough I am from the north I was wrapped by the stories of destruction that occurred with the recent gulf oil spill. This book makes this story of the oi spill come alive for children and allows them to understand the impact of the spill itself. This book particularly looks at the bird rescue efforts that occurred after the spill..

The characters within the book are fun and engaging, and when I read the story to my girls, they simply loved them. The plot of the story was also light and flowed well. Though I had not read anything from the author in the past, I have to say that I was impressed, as she weaves an intricate tapestry for children that pulls them in leavin them wanting even more.

The artwork in this book was simply beautiful and does a lot to encourage kids to do more for their environment.

Overall, this book was great and is definitely one that I would highly recommend.
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