Olivia’s Birds:  Saving the Gulf

I just recently discovered a marvelous book by a then 11-year-old girl, Olivia Bouler.  She created this wonder in response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the largest marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry.  The effect on the marine life (including birds) was devastating.

What can just one person do to help?  Olivia showed us all by single-handedly raising over $150,000 for Gulf Oil Spill recovery efforts.  First, she sent donors one of her own bird paintings.  Then she wrote and illustrated this book, including easy-to-do suggestions for how anyone can help the environment.

This unique field guide to backyard, aquatic, and endangered birds discusses how to observe birds, something about each bird, identifying backyard birds, unusual birds, fierce birds, and bird development, with a special page about saving the Gulf. The age range is listed as 3—9, but I think any age would benefit from reading this masterpiece.

Her amazing drawings capture the essence of each bird, and her research is spot on.  Three cheers for Olivia!! Her book is not only informative, but inspiring.  It illustrates the fact that each of us can do something to make our planet a better place.  So don’t just sit there reading—get busy!!

You can find this book at Sterling Children’s Books .

Bouler, Olivia. Olivia’s Birds: Saving the Gulf. Sterling Children’s Books, 2011.

ISBN-10: 1402786654;  ISBN-13: 978-1402786655


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