Saturday, July 2, 2011

Explaining the Gulf Oil Spill to children {book review}

Lynda Wurster Deniger had a great idea for a children’s book to help explain to children what happened as a result of the Gulf Oil Spill. In the second book in the Salty Sea Series by Deniger, Patti Pelican and the Gulf Oil Spill, which was illustrated by Paulette Ferguson, recounts the events and responses of those who came to help save the animals that were impacted by the spill.

Here is what the back of the beautifully covered book reads:

Louisiana and much of the Gulf coast had barely recovered from the 2005 devastation of Hurricane Katrina when the area was brought to its knees by the worst environmental catastrophe in U.S. history on April 20, 2010. Patti Pelican and Sammy Seagull of the “Salty Sea Series” were caught in the wake of this tragedy. Patti Pelican and the Gulf Oil Spill tells their inspiring story of rescue and release by the dedicated men and women who fought valiantly and tirelessly to rescue endangered wildlife trapped in the oil along the coastal waterways.

One of the best things about the book is the included audio CD, which is read by the author, and the sing along song. The not-so-good thing about the audio CD is that it’s read so quickly that it’s difficult for children to keep up with, and even when I was following along with them and trying to point to the words I had a hard time as well.

My two middle children, ages 6 and 7, followed along with the book pretty well and understood what was going on. My 4-year-old daughter was able to comprehend what happened to the birds, but some of the key points were a little too advanced for her. Overall I think this books is best for children ages 7 and above as a great tool to help young people understand what happened during the oil spill.

This book, which is hardcover and 36 pages of full-color, is available at bookstores nationwide retailing for $19.95. Also, take a peek at a video presentation of Salty Seas and Friends.

Disclosure: I received a copy of Patti Pelican and The Gulf Oil Spill by Lynda Wurster Deniger  to help facilitate this review. This did not effect my opinion and any opinions expressed here are my own. Clicking on my Amazon affiliate link and making a purchase will garner a small commission for me. For more information review my complete policy.