"Peter, Pamela and Percy in the Big Spill" by Lulu & Tee

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This book is based on the true story of the ship the 'Treasure', which sank in June 2000 just north of Cape Town, and caused a huge oil slick that harmed thousands of sea birds. People came from far and near to help rescue the penguins in an enormous clean-up operation driven by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, the Avian Demography Unit at UCT, SANCCOB and WWF amongst others. About 43 000 penguins were rescued in total, of those about 20 000 were oiled. The clean penguins were shipped from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth by truck to swim back to Cape Town (with some luck, because no one knew for sure what they would do, but they were counting on their strong homing instinct) in order to buy time to clean the beaches and the sea. The whole of South Africa plotted the progress of the 3 rescued penguins, Peter, Pamela and Percy, who were equipped with tracking devices (provided by SAP Southern Africa), as they swam home to Cape Town.

The story can be seen on this web page amongst others.

The story is written in rhyme and aimed at 3 to 7 year olds.

Peter, Pamela and Percy

News of Peter the Penguin can be seen here
News of Pamela the Penguin can be seen here
News of Percy the Penguin can be seen here
A map of the route they swam home can be seen here.

Sample Pages and Reviews
(ISBN 978-0-620-41046-5)
First published in 2008. Reprinted in 2011 and 2015.

"It's a delightful book suitable for three to seven year olds. It will appeal to adults who will enjoy reading it to their children as much as their children will enjoy listening to it"
Brian Joss, Cape Community Newspapers (the Echo and Southern Suburbs Tatler), to see the full review click here

"Remarkable story of penguins' epic swim a must-read"
Vivien Horler, Jellybean Journal, Weekend Argus, to see the full review click here



* Bratz Magazine, to see the full review click here

* Joburg's Child, to see the full review click here

* "This book is just the thing - an environmental message, a rhythmic script and really fun graphics. It hits the spot." Anna L.
                                                                                   
The actual size of the book is 25cm by 21cm - landscape, it is much bigger than it appears in these images.

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