Preening for Flight
by Hugh and Frances Keiser
Adventures of Pelican Pete, No. 2
Sagaponack Books, St. Augustine, Fl
ISBN: 0966884515 - Hardback
Nonfiction / Natural History
Children, Ages 4-8
Reviewed by Carolyn
In the tradition of
"The Little Engine That Could", 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!
With the story told in verse by Frances Keiser and the artwork by her
husband of 40 years, Hugh, the book is an appealing from cover to cover.
It is also factual. There is a note reassuring parents that the details
have been checked for accuracy by James A Rodgers Jr., a scientist with
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
There is also a treasure
trove of additional information about pelicans in an addendum at the back
of the book. Did you know that a pelican swallows the fish he has caught
while he's on the water. "He cannot fly with a fish in his pouch."
See? Important stuff. Almost as fun as the story
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