I Can Save the Ocean!

Books to teach kids to be environmentally aware are a big trend and we’ll be looking at a few new titles as Earth Day draws near.

What It Is

In this newly released book, which is part of Simon & Schuster’s “Little Green Books” eco-friendly collection, we meet Max, a little green monster, who learns the importance of keeping the oceans, beaches and other areas clean. While snorkeling in the ocean, he sees how unsightly the bottom of the ocean becomes from trash. Once he has cleaned up after himself and others, he sets out on a mission to find the source of all this trash. He scolds other beach-goers and boaters for littering, and sees that litter from people on the streets and from our homes can end up in storm drains, which ultimately lead to the ocean. Through Max’s eyes, we learn that trash in the ocean isn’t only ugly; it can harm fish, plants and animals. Max makes some important changes at home, such as using reusable water bottles and bags, and then pays it forward by teaching his friends to help save the ocean too.

Why It’s Fun

Alison Inches teaches both adults and kids some very important lessons. The story is simple enough for preschoolers to understand, yet informative to empower youngsters (and adults!) to keep their communities clean. With some great tips towards the end, such as using biodegradable sunscreen, we can all make some simple changes to help the environment. The illustrations are very engaging and the glossary inside each cover is very useful when answering questions from the kids.

Who’s Going To Love It

Both adults and kids will enjoy this book. Though many of us may have changed our wasteful ways, the story is a good reminder of the importance of being eco-friendly and may even teach you a new thing or two. Geared towards 4-to-6-year-olds, older siblings will probably chime in with how they help keep their school environment “green.” I believe that even younger children can grasp some of Ms. Inches’ basic concepts and those that live in the mid-section of the U.S. can draw parallels to lakes and rivers.

All “Little Green Books” are printed on 100% recycled paper and I like the fact that it doesn’t have a jacket, which often goes to waste—or the recycle bin. At a value price, your money will be well-spent.

Reading Time

About 2-3 minutes

Read-It-Again Points

8 out of 10

Book Information

I Can Save the Ocean! The Little Green Monster Cleans Up the Beach
By: Alison Inches, Illustrated by Vivianna Garofoli
Published by: Little Simon, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing (2010)
Approximate retail price: $6.99 (hardcover)

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