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THE ADVENTURES OF PELICAN PETE: PREENING FOR FLIGHT

Author: Frances Keiser

Illustrator: Hugh Keiser

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Publisher: Sagaponack Books, ©2006

Material: hard cover

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: family reading, bedtime story, anytime reading, read aloud book, middle grade reader

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

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.

Cons: None!

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.

If You Liked This Book, Try: TAKE A BACKYARD BIRD WALK (Talk a Walk Book Series)   CAROLINA'S STORY: SEA TURTLES GET SICK, TOO!   AMAZING DOLPHINS (I Can Read! Series)

Educational Themes: While the principal theme is a pelican's development, the story and fact sheets offer a way to introduce the ideas of water conservation, pollution, and wildlife safety.

Notes: 2008 Silver Recipient: Illustrated Series, Moms Choice Awards

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal stories, nature, series book

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2006

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