Thursday, May 9, 2013

BELLA SAVES THE BEACH by Nancy Stewart, illustrations by Samantha Bell ~ A Pump Up Your Books Tour

About the book:

Bella and Britt are worried about all the trash appearing on their beautiful beach. But what can they do? Britt is leaving on vacation, and Bella can’t solve the problem alone. Without adults to lend a hand, can they possibly save their beach?


Bella, Britt and all their friends built sand castles and filled moats with salty sea. But this summer, the girls were worried.
Look at all this trash, Britt,” said Bella.
She nodded. “Yeah, and I leave on vacation tomorrow. I can’t help pick it up!”
Next morning, Bella walked along the beach alone. “Hello.” Bella said to the old crooked beak pelican, perched on his piling. “Somebody has to help, and I guess it’s me.”
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About Author Nancy Stewart: 

Nancy is the bestselling and award winning author of the four Bella and Britt Series books for children: One Pelican at a Time (eighteen weeks on Amazon Bestselling List), Sea Turtle Summer, (which won the Children’s Literary Classic Gold Award), Bella Saves the Beach (which won the Gold) and Mystery at Manatee Key. The authorized biography, Katrina and Winter: Partners in Courage, is the story of Katrina Simpkins and Winter, the dolphin. One Pelican at a Time and Nancy were featured in the PBS Tampa special, GulfWatch. All are published by Guardian Angel Publishing.

Nancy is a frequent speaker and presenter at writer’s conferences throughout the United States. She conducts workshops and seminars and speaks to school children on writing and helping save their planet. A blogger with a worldwide audience, she writes of all things pertaining to children’s literature.

Nancy’s travels take her extensively throughout the world, most particularly Africa. She is US chair of a charity in Lamu, Kenya, that places girls in intermediate schools to allow them to further their education. She and her husband live in Tampa and St. Louis.

About Illustrator Samantha Bell:

Samantha Bell is a freelance writer/illustrator and a homeschooling mom of four wonderful children ages 6 to 13. While her children provide her with plenty of material for her stories and articles, they also serve as her motivation to capture those stories on paper. Her writing has been published or accepted for publication in several magazines including Learning Through History, Wee Ones Children’s Magazine, Hopscotch for Girls, Boys’ Quest, Clubhouse Jr., Parents for Parents, and Women of Worship devotionals. 

Samantha has also illustrated several picture books, three for Guardian Angel Publishing and one for Alma Little Publishing. She shares her love of art by teaching drawing and painting to children ages 4 – 16. 

Bella Saves the Beach Tour Schedule
Monday, April 22nd
Tuesday, April 23rd
Book trailer feature at If Books Could Talk
Wednesday, April 24th
Thursday, April 25th
Book spotlight and giveaway at The Busy Mom’s Daily
Monday, April 29th
Book review at Hook Kids on Reading
Guest post at The Pen and Ink
Tuesday, April 30th
Wednesday, May 1st
Book review at LadyD Books
Thursday, May 2nd
Book review at Kid Lit Reviews
Friday, May 3rd
Monday, May 6th
Tuesday, May 7th
Book reviewed at The Picture Book Review
Wednesday, May 8th
Book reviewed at My Devotional Thoughts
Thursday, May 9th
Book review at It’s About Time Mamaw
Friday, May 10th
Monday, May 13th
Book review at 4 the Love of Books
Tuesday, May 14th
Book spotlight at Review from Here
Book review at The Jenny Revolution
Wednesday, May 15th
Guest post at Literarily Speaking
Thursday, May 16th
Friday, May 17th
Book spotlight at I’m A Reader, Not A Writer

My Thoughts

Bella enjoys spending time at the beach but today she couldn't help but notice the beach was extremely cluttered with trash.  She look into the trash cans and just as she thought they were almost empty.  First she asked her friend Britt to help her clean the beach but she was not able to help right then and her sisters were too busy playing in the water and sand.  

Surely people know they are not just trashing the beach they are also endangering many birds, turtles and other sea creatures.  Turtles love to eat jellyfish but they tend to mistake a plastic bag for a jellyfish.  Many of the sea creatures get tangled up in the plastic bags and six pack plastic rings. How would they get them off?

The author explains how all this trash can effect the the many land, air and sea creatures.  It is up to humans to help keep them safe.  Especially since it is humans that cause them and their habitats harm. The story will encourage children to think before they discard their trash.  Why not arrange a Bella Day at the beach with your friends and family? 

The illustrations captured story and the images of the children and the amazing sea creatures.  Loved the freckles on Bella and the Pelican was very lifelike.  

I spent many a happy days on the beach and in the Gulf Coast of Texas.  Please let's make a promise to ourselves to protect the creature we enjoy seeing and those that are unseen when we visit the beach, ocean, sea and Gulf Coast.  


I highly recommend this book.

I rated this book a 5 out of 5.
Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book from the Author/PumpUpYourBooks Tours for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.  This review is my honest opinion.


  1. Thank you so very much for hosting Bella, Britt and me on your amazing blog! I just love it. Also, a Bella day at the beach...Why didn't I ever think of that?

    I'd be happy to answer any questions your readers have. Again, many thanks.

  2. Thanks for the lovely review of Nancy's latest. This is truly a wonderful series. I'm honored to help Nancy promote it.


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