Saturday, May 21, 2011

Book Nook by the Bay--One Pelican at a Time Reading & Signing in Aid of World Oceans Day!


Guests include Author Nancy Stewart and freeFall Theatre Company

St. Peterburg, FL (May 18, 2011) – One Pelican at a Time: A Story of the Gulf Oil Spill written by part-time Clearwater Beach resident Nancy Stewart will help The Pier Aquarium observe World Oceans Day at the June 4 Book Nook by the Bay.

The book, published by Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. in February, has been on Amazon's Bestseller List for Children’s Books for ten weeks and has been nominated for a Global eBook Award. It is the first book for children written about the aftermath of the April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

One Pelican at a Time is a story of two children, Bella and Britt, who love living by the beach. They find oil washing to shore from a gulf spill and want to help but don't know what to do. When a "friend," the old crooked beak pelican shows up covered in oil, the girls get help from the bird sanctuary.

The pelican is saved, and the girls learn how they can help save the pelican at a time.

Ms. Stewart, a former elementary school teacher and university professor of education, is a full-time writer of children's books. Two other Bella books, Bella Saves the Beach and Sea Turtle Summer are also published by Guardian Angel Publishing. She has traveled extensively throughout the world and is the U.S. chair of a charity in Lamu, Kenya that places girls in intermediate schools to allow them to further their education.

freeFall Theater Company will present a sing-along of the book, Over the Ocean in a Coral Reef written by Marianne Berkes. The counting and rhyming story was arranged to the traditional folk song, Over in the Meadow, and the troupe will first sing - and then teach it, to the audience of youngsters and their parents.

The book has won seven awards since its release including PMA Benjamin Franklin Silver Award, Marion Ridgeway Honor Book Award, National Parenting Publications Gold Award, Learning magazine's 2006 Teachers' Choice Award, Bank Street College of Education Best Books for 2005 and the Blue Hen Award (Delaware) for best picture book.

June 4 Schedule
10:30am Fresh Fish Theater: The freeFall Theatre Company's singalong of Over the Ocean in a Coral Reef. Featured Creature is the Brown Pelican.

11:30am Reading of One Pelican at a Time: A Story of the Gulf Oil Spill and book signing by Author Nancy Stewart. The aquarium's museum store will have copies of the book for sale.

Book Nook Partner Organization: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County. Say the "secret" password and the little brother/little sister receives free admission with a paid adult admission
(2-for-1, one paid adult/one free child).

The Book Nook by the Bay is a literary event featuring Fresh Fish Theater and craft activity, Featured Creature facts, suggested reading by Youth Services Coordinator Beth Lindsay from the St. Petersburg Public Library System, the aquarium's marine science library and, of course, the reading of books. It is offered the first Saturday of each month and is free with a paid aquarium admission.

The Don CeSar's Beach House Suites is a sponsor of Book Nook by the Bay.

About The Pier Aquarium

Established in 1988, The Pier Aquarium is a private, non-profit aquarium and marine education center located in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida at The Pier. It showcases 17 tanks of live fish and other marine life and educational exhibits on the first and second floors and an outdoor marine laboratory and teaching unit, the Roy G. Harrell, Jr. Education Station, located on the Pier approach.

Its mission is to enhance the public’s understanding of the value and fragility of the local and global marine environment through research, education and personal experiences. The Pier Aquarium serves as the "public face” for the St. Petersburg Ocean Team’s research, innovation and technology. The Ocean Team is a consortium of 13 marine science and oceanographic institutions and environmental research agencies in the Southeast and one of the top such industry clusters in the nation.

More than 85,500 visitors, including 27,000 who participate in our scheduled educational programs, come to The Pier Aquarium annually to attend our Saturday programs, the annual Spa Beach Splash free marine discovery day and Summer Marine Adventures summer camp. Volunteers contribute more than 4,600 hours each year.

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