Little Turtle and the Sea by Becky Davies & Jennie Poh

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Published by Little Tiger Press, 2020.

Little Turtle and the Sea follows the life of a sea turtle from her birth on a beach and her frantic race to the sea, to her epic journey across the ocean to the coral reefs at the other side of the world and back again to the beach where she was born. She makes this journey many times but, as the years pass, she begins to notice that the ocean is changing. The ocean is filling up with plastic waste. It’s no longer safe for her there. Will this be the end of Little Turtle’s journey?

The impact on turtle of this change to the ocean is depicted in a particularly striking way. The once warm and welcoming blue-green pages turn murky and dark. Little Turtle no longer thinks of the sea as her friend. The scene where she tries to make friends with a plastic bag – but is met with silence – is especially poignant.

The language is beautifully lyrical, Little Turtle is described as dancing with swaying seagrass and being carried over a carpet of colour by the ocean’s currents. I loved the beautiful illustrations teeming with life which so perfectly capture the rich diversity of the ocean.

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With its important message about ocean pollution, Little Turtle and the Sea is a highly topical story. It issues a stark warning about the threat to marine life because of plastic pollution.

There is also additional, more detailed information at the end of the book about the problems caused by plastic pollution, including a section about the Great Garbage Patch which, alarmingly, has an area the size of the United States, Mexico and Central America put together! There’s advice on what we can do to help, a glossary and a timeline showing just how long plastic takes to biodegrade – 450 years for a water bottle!

Little Turtle and the Sea is an captivating story about an incredible creature and the beauty and fragility of the world’s oceans.

Rating: 💙💙💙💙

Suitable for children aged 3+

Thank you to Little Tiger Press for sending me this book to review.

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