Synopsis: Petit Pierre does not want to leave the pelican nest, but through friends and family he learns that home is not that far away.

Petit Pierre and the Floating Marsh was created through a partnership with Audubon Nature Institute and the New Orleans Pelicans. With this heartwarming story about a pelican and his wetland friends, Audubon and the Pelicans hope to encourage reading and connect children with the beauty and importance of Louisiana’s wetlands. Proceeds from Petit Pierre and the Floating Marsh support wetland education initiatives.

Author: Johnette Downing
Illustrator: Heather Stanley
Publisher: Pelican Publishing Co.  (September 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1455622796
ISBN-13: 978-1455622795


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.”


Cheré Coen, Louisiana Book News: “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. 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.”


Foreword Review Magazine: "Petit Pierre and the Floating Marsh is a fascinating book with two distinct strengths. The first is the story of Petit Pierre, a young pelican who must leave his mother's nest and find a new home. The second is told across the bottom of each page through facts about the Louisiana wetlands and the animals that make their home there. The book includes vibrant, lovely illustrations that support both the story of Pierre and the information about the wetlands. Though written for children ages five to nine, this book is appropriate for anyone who would like to learn about this unique ecosystem."

Author: Johnette Downing
Hailed as the “Pied Piper of Louisiana Music Traditions” and the “Musical Ambassador to Children,” Johnette Downing is dedicated to sharing her Louisiana roots music and books with children across the globe. The author of eighteen picture books, two board books, and ten recordings, Johnette has received twenty-two international awards and has performed word-wide.
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Illustrator: Heather Stanley
Heather Stanley is an illustrator and graphic designer whose artwork ranges from hand drawn pictures to digital compositions. Raised in southern Louisiana she earned a BFA in Advertising and Design from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and an MFA in Illustration and Design from Radford University in Virginia. Heather is currently the Director of Creative Services at Audubon Nature Institute managing an innovative team for both graphic and website design.
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Saturday, December 17
Barnes & Noble
Harvey, 12:00pm-1:00pm



Saturday, September 24
National Book Festival
Washington DC, 9am - 10pm
Petit Pierre and the Floating Marsh was selected to represent the state of Louisiana at the National Book Festival this year!

Saturday, October 29
Louisiana Book Festival
Baton Rouge, 10am-5pm
The official book launch was held at the Louisiana Book Festival!

Saturday, November 5
Lakeside Shopping Center
Metairie, 10am-2pm

Saturday, November 12
New Orleans Book Festival
New Orleans City Park, 11:15am-12pm

Saturday, November 12
Gulf Bird Fest
Audubon Zoo Marketplace Gift Shop, 2:00-3:30pm

Friday, November 25
Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
New Orleans, 11am-1:30pm

Saturday, November 26
Maple Street Book Shop
New Orleans, 11:30am-1:00pm