The Children’s Book Review
Published: January 6, 2010
Pelican and Pelicant
by Sarah Froeber (Author), Andy Thorn (Music)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Publisher: Shoofly Audio
What to expect: Intrepidity, Self-confidence, Friendship,
There is a clear and timely message in the story of Pelican and Pelicant: friendship, encouragement, and a little bravery, can really travel a long way.
Pelican is an “I think I can” kind of bird—champing at the bit with confidence. Pelicant is an “I can not” kind of bird—shy and uncertain. Together, these characters create an engaging tale of the fun that comes from having a good friend and self-confidence. The story is read and delivered clearly by Sarah Froeber, with lovely musical accompaniment by Andy Thorn.
Children of all levels of confidence will take something away from this likable adventure: Those with self-confidence will learn the importance of being a supportive and encouraging friend. And, those that lack in self-confidence will hear a tale of intrepidity.
Kudos to Sarah Froeber.
Publisher’s synopsis: Fly with Pelican to the top of an enormous oak. Laugh as she shows newcomer Goose around the island. Float in the waves with Pelican while she rests after an enormous fish dinner. Finally, go with her to Turtle’s party to dance the Pelican Pop-up and dine on crab birthday cake with crayfish frosting. But where is Pelicant during all of this fun?
Watch self-esteem blossom in the face of uncertainty and risk-taking. Discover what happens when these endearing pelicans look beyond feathers and beaks to the tender roots of a genuine friendship. Young people will find Sarah Froeber’s tale delightful and engaging, and adults will recognize the rich texture of a time-tested myth. Kim Mosher’s illustrations in luminous colored pencil are simple yet detailed enough to tell this story on their own – the closer you look, the longer you will giggle.