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Pelican Pete
by Hugh and Frances Keiser

Category: Fiction / General
0 pages; ISBN: 0-9668845-1-5

Rating: 8/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Carolyn Howard-Johnson


Preening for Flight: Pelican Pete
By Hugh and Frances Keiser
Second in the Adventures of Pelican Pete
(How he grows up!)

Sagaponack Books, St. Augustine,
Children—4 through 8
Natural History

Reviewed by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, Author of “This is the Place”

Pelican Pete must persevere to learn what he needs to know most in life, how to catch fish! It is a wonderful lesson that that the very activities that seem to come easily to someone else may, in fact, have taken a great deal of practice! Children have loved The Little Engine That Could for decades. Now they have another role model.
The story is told in verse by Frances Keiser; the artwork is by her husband, Hugh. This little book is appealing from cover to cover.
It is also factual. There is a note reassuring parents that the details have been checked for accuracy by a scientist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Additional information about pelicans can be found in an addendum at the back of the book. Did you know that pelicans have “a system of air sacs, much like bubble wrap, under their skin to absorb the shock of impact when plunging into the water”? Now, how can a grandparent not love sharing this kind of stuff with their little ones? I sure can’t!

(Reviewed by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of "This is the Place." It has been called “a novel for it’s time”
because it explores the corrosive nature of intolerance, a subject that can be related to many of today’s ills.
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