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Summary: Using poetic verse, our narrator introduces us to Pete, a pelican who has just been born. We follow Pete on his adventures as he grows from a baby with no feathers to a pelican each of us would recognize. This is a fictionalized story, with plenty of pelican facts.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 9 and Up
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Reading Level: 4.5
Age of Child: Shared with child 4½ years old.
Young Reader Reaction: Our preschooler listened with rapt attention and watched Pete VERY closely as we read the poem. S/He particularly loved Pete's blue hat. After the first reading, we had a hard time getting her interested in Pete again, but s/he was clearly listening, as pelicans were instantly recognized at the beach (without prompting from Mom or Dad).
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a fun read ... we've read it several times since, in part to look at the illustrations. Some are life-like enough to give you pause and think they're photos.
Pros: The tale moves quickly, effectively weaving pelican facts in a stylized poem. The fact sheet and ideas for supplemental reading are terrific.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. If you have an animal and beach lover, you'll want this book in your child's personal collection.
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book series, animals, nature, poetry
Date(s) Reviewed: June 2006
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