Petit Pierre and the Floating Marsh was created through a partnership with Audubon Nature Institute and the New Orleans Pelicans. It is a heartwarming story 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.

This book features illustrations combining images of nature, organic patterns and colorful palettes that unfold with expansive landscapes and native animals. Petit Pierre is an uplifting story told in vibrant hues that echo our natural world.

Illustrated and designed by Heather Stanley. Written by Johnette Downing.

Petit Pierre and the Floating Marsh was selected to represent the state of Louisiana at the 2016 National Book Festival in Washington, DC and the official book launch took place at the Louisiana Book Festival on October 29, 2016 at the State Library in Baton Rouge.

Forward Review
"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."
Forward Review Magazine
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."
Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans
Cheré Coen
“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. The book has been selected to represent Louisiana Sept. 24 at the National Book Festival in Washington D.C."
Cheré Coen Louisiana Book News
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