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fantastic book about ocean pollution
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Ideal for Earth Day, LITTLE TURTLE AND THE CHANGING SEA tackles pollution through the eyes of a sea turtle. Little turtle entered the ocean after she was born and fell in love with it. The sea is her best friend. As time goes on, turtle starts to see things she does not recognize (garbage), and the ocean is not the same as it was. She gets trapped in some garbage and cannot get out. Luckily, some divers come while cleaning the water, and set her free. After they have cleaned the garbage, the ocean becomes the safe place turtle recognizes again.

The last few pages give information about how garbage gets into the ocean and what we can do about it. The action items really make this into something that could be great for the classroom and for discussions about the current problems and what each of us can do the help.

What I loved: The illustrations in this book are really lovely, with many soft colors and sea creatures. The book describes the life cycle of a turtle as well as the garbage problem in a story that will appeal to young readers with the fairytale-style tone. As an educational book, this does a really great job of presenting the problem and, at the end, proposing solutions and ways even young children can help. The book could also inspire some classroom discussions and activities that would be perfect for Earth Day.

What left me wanting more: As a small thing, some of the font is hard to read, as it is black over the blue of the ocean (which is sometimes dark).

Final verdict: Educational and approachable, LITTLE TURTLE AND THE CHANGING SEA is a perfect choice for Earth Day, introducing the problems of ocean pollution and the ways that people can help.
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