Book Review | Patti Pelican and the Gulf Oil Spill

Title: Patti Pelican and the Gulf Oil Spill

Author: Lynda Wurster Deniger

My Review:

I am a Florida native who grew up on the waters of the Gulf coast so the oil spill is personally devastating to my family and I. Patti Pelican and the Gulf Oil Spill by Lynda Wurster Deniger is a beautiful children’s storybook that chronicles the rescue, rehabilitation and release of birds affected by the Gulf oil spill in 2010.

My children observed plenty of television news stories about the devastation and overheard conversations between family members in our home but this book is the first time that we could sit down together and discuss what happened in a way that they could actually comprehend at their young ages.

Patti Pelican and the Gulf Oil Spill is extremely well written in that it is realistic without being too scary for young children. However, I could tell that my four year old daughter and six year old son were impacted when I noticed glistening eyes and tear drops as I read about Patti Pelican and Sammy Sea Gull’s rescue from the oil. I absolutely love the beautiful, colorful illustrations by 2006 Artist of the Year, Paulette Ferguson which really brings the gulf animals’ plight to life.

Since I home school my children, I dedicated an entire week of unit studies and activities to the Gulf of Mexico and its inhabitants and Patti Pelican and the Gulf Oil Spill was by far the highlight. This very special story is large size hardcover with 36 pages.

You can purchase Patti Pelican and the Gulf Oil Spill or learn more about the book and the author by visiting the Salty Seas and Friends website.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*


Maureen is a SAHM who left the Corporate healthcare field to home educate her 6, 7 and 8 year old children. She is a voracious reader for both herself & her kids and also enjoys a natural and organic lifestyle. She lives in Orlando, Fl with her husband Mark, three children and 5 year old boxer, Jack.

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