Saturday, May 21, 2011

Affect vs. Effect - A Trick to Remember

Keep your book safe from Homophone Hijinks!

There are a few words that give me fits. I thought you might have similar problems. How does the misuse of effect affect your writing?

Affect vs. Effect
Affect is usually a verb.
Effect is usually a noun.
I was trying to think up a way to remember which is which. I thought up a trick to remember. When I need to choose affect or effect, I just need to determine if it is a noun or verb. If it's a noun I know it's effect if it's a noun, because noun starts with the sound EN.
It would be great if I could remember which is which, but if that hasn't happened yet (I'm 40), I don't think it will.

Monday, May 16, 2011

One Pelican at a Time by Nancy Stewart

One Pelican at a Time

By Nancy Stewart

  • ISBN-10: 1616331399
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616331399

Bella and Britt love living by the beach. When they find oil washing to shore from a gulf spill, they want to help but are told there is nothing for kids to do. But when their old friend, the pelican, becomes covered with oil, they help save his life by their quick thinking and action. Suggested age for readers: 7 to 12


Since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, residents have struggled with the harm to their beaches, wildlife, and economy. In Nancy Stewart’s book, One Pelican at a Time, the effects of the spill are revealed.

The children are told they cannot help. Observers of the devastation they are unable to participate in the clean up. When Bella and Brit’s friend, the old crooked beak pelican, dives into the ocean and is covered in oil, the girls spring into action. They alert workers cleaning up the beach. The workers from a bird sanctuary collect the bird and take him to a sanctuary to recover.

The book opens the door to a frank discussion about man’s impact on the environment. Children hear the stories of the spill on the news and in the media, but are distant from it. A child in New York or Michigan can empathize with the people directly impacted by spill through Stewart’s book.

The illustrations brilliantly depict the sorrow in the children’s faces and the oil riding the ocean’s surface and washing onto the beach. Each illustration speaks volumes about the tragedy.