Petit Pierre and the Floating Marsh was listed as one of the top ten "Books for giving: A New Orleans reader's wish list" by the New Orleans Advocate.
This children's book was selected to represent the state of Louisiana at the 2016 National Book Festival in Washington, DC.
Audubon Nature Institute has donated two Petit Pierre books to every library in the state of Louisiana!
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."