Author Illustrates How Animals May Cope w/ Human Disasters

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Lucia Salinas’ story in picture book is successful venture into art and relevance

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ORANGE GROVE, Texas – (November 11, 2012) – In the “narrow” understanding of animals who live and have adjusted their lives to accommodate humans in their midst, the story of an oil spill and its effects is told. Lucia Ramirez Salinas writes close to home. God’s Creatures In The Oil Spills happens on upper Texas state’s Gulf Coast.

The coast, home to a veritable forest of oil rigs, is unfortunately no stranger to oil spills. The animals (Felipe the injured sea turtle, Cheeseburger the lame pelican, Molly the crab who lost her mother by not listening to her mother’s admonition that not all humans are “like Jesus”), all bearing the marks of “interaction” with humans, know what an oil spill is. By and large, the animal friends are non-predatory and are always willing to help each other out. Humans are included in this native support system. Cheeseburger the pelican, especially, is a self-appointed Security Person, since (by luck) the human he is close to is named James is the town sheriff. Despite the fact that he couldn’t fly far, Cheeseburger took the silver star that the humans put on his chest as a lark seriously and he warns everyone who would listen to him about the spill. So, too, do all the animals (who include young fish or guppies who frequent Molly’s Diner) – they know that lives are at stake and they are mostly animals lives in the case of an oil spill.

With teamwork and determination, the team assists countless creatures to safety and some are even relocated to the Texas bird walk where they can begin to rebuild their lives. Finally the disaster ends and the creatures at the pier can focus on their daily lives. With wonderful illustrations, Ramirez Salinas’ picture book is one of those excellent ventures into art and relevance. The result, as the animals cope with the human disaster, is a story that takes the education of the young into a deeper level of sympathy with the wild, natural world.

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The fourth sibling of five children, four girls and one brother, and growing up in the south of Texas, Lucia Ramirez Salinas learned the country life as her father was in agriculture and grew corn, grain, and cotton . Gardening and farm pets along with the usual chores occupied most of her childhood. Her passion was drawing, coloring and telling stories about ancestors and the wild birds and animals that were native and migrating through. As a teen, Lucia learned arts and crafts which she dearly enjoyed along with the usual dances and the making of new friends, girls and boys. High School was a blur and while there, she met her husband of going on thirty years. She married at age seventeen and began her adult life where she earned her GED and attended community college. The mother of two boys, and a career of different jobs, finally settling on nursing which finally drove her to her real passion of writing short stories. Her inspirations are the farm animals and natural environment along with the fascinating people she has met in her life’s journey. Favorite authors include Baume, Kipling and Jacques. Singing in the Choir at the church brings a feeling of joy and lights the way for her life and is also a source of inspiration.

God’s Creatures In The Oil Spills * by Lucia Ramirez Salinas
Publication Date: April 26, 2012
Picture Book; $21.99; 42 pages; 978-1-4691-3067-5

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