Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Book Review: Plastic Island

Plastic Island is a wonderful picture book that tells the story of plastics that are thrown away.

It was Oprah who first made this a mainstream issue on popular television, where I heard about it. Author David Cuellar heard it from a fellow hiker and decided to write a book for young children.

The middle of the Pacific Ocean hold a stationary garbage heap about twice the size of Texas, swirling in a vortex of shameful pollution. It hurts animals, and is caused by humans.

That said, it is a delightful book, which connects the child to the eagle in the sky and the fish in the seas. The illustrations are lovely. I am looking forward to reading it to my grandchildren, although I often wonder if we are preaching to the choir when we talk to young kids. They seem to grasp it well.


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Lucy said...

This is actually a topic that's been on my mind lately. Thanks for the review.

Red said...

I've heard about these huge rafts of plastic. It's a sickening situation.

Sarah Laurence said...

Sounds wonderful! It's never too early to teach kids not to litter or to waste and to respect the planet.

Nancy J said...

I always look at the plastic bags in a supermarket, and wonder how much they contribute to worldwide plastic garbage, as we are such a small population down here. Have you read " The Rosie Project"? by Graeme Simsion...Hope all is OK up North.

William Kendall said...

Thank you for pointing this one out.

Kay said...

We have a huge problem with plastic in the water. They've just passed a bill to ban plastic bags at check out counters in Hawaii.

Barrie said...

A great topic. And I love that the illustrations are also wonderful. Thanks for reviewing!