Petit Pierre and the Floating Marsh

Petit Pierre and the Floating Marsh


Johnette Downing stays true to her Louisiana roots in her newest book, featuring a young pelican searching for his proper home. As Petit Pierre journeys across the wetlands, he asks each creature where he should live. He accumulates gifts from them until he realizes the wetlands are home to all his friends and, just maybe, to Pierre as well!

Within the luscious illustrations are facts about the denizens of the wetlands and how each reader can make a difference in preserving and protecting the wetlands for generations to come. Proceeds from this book, created in partnership with the Audubon Nature Institute and the New Orleans Pelicans, fund wetland education programs.

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Product Description

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Pub Co (J) (September 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455622796
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455622795



Award-winning children’s book author Johnette Downing delivers another adorable tale, this time involving a pelican hesitant to leave home in “Petit Pierre and the Floating Marsh,” published by Pelican Publishing of New Orleans. The story illustrated beautifully with dreamy impressionistic style by Heather Stanley, explores the Louisiana marsh and its varied inhabitants, sneaking in bits of science for children to absorb. There are crawfish, perch, black bears and alligators, among others, and each creature explains to Petit Pierre how it lives in the wetland so that he, too, will discover where to make a home.

Proceeds from the sale of “Petit Pierre and the Floating Marsh” help support wetland education programming from the Audubon Nature Institute and the New Orleans Pelicans.

Pelican Publishing will officially launch the book Oct. 29 at the Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge. The book has also been selected to represent Louisiana Sept. 24 at the National Book Festival in Washington D.C.

— Cheré Coen, Louisiana Book News

Tom Benson: “We are proud to be teaming up with Audubon Nature Institute on Petit Pierre and the Floating Marsh in an effort to connect children to the importance of coastal restoration. In addition to utilizing the book locally, we hope that the reach extends beyond the Gulf South as the health of our region has a larger impact, as well. Petit Pierre and the Floating Marsh, with its amusing illustrations and story, gives us the chance to educate children in an engaging, fun way the importance saving the coast. As we look ahead to the future of our City and Region, it is imperative that our younger generations understand the importance of a healthy coastline.”

Anthony Davis: “The first time I saw Petit Pierre and the Floating Marsh, I loved the fun illustrations, but also understood the overall message of the importance of a healthy coastline for our region. I hope young students will enjoy hearing about the different homes of the Gulf’s favorite animals and take note that all of them live in the wetlands. As they learn more about the coastline and the animals that live there, they will hopefully be eager to learn more and be compelled to care for the animals’ home.”

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Weight 27.8 oz