Little Turtle and the Sea
by Becky Davies & Jennie Poh

As the rain beats down on a sandy beach, Little Turtle pushes her way up and out of her nest and gets her first view of the world. Instinctively she moves quickly towards the waves and soon she finds herself swimming in the ocean which will become her home.

As she grows and becomes more confident she marvels at the beauty she sees around her. The bright colours, glittering shoals of fish and reefs teeming with life all delight her senses and make her feel so happy to be alive. The ocean is her very best friend.

When Turtle matures she returns to the beach where she was born to release her own clutch of eggs on the sandy shore. She makes this journey many times and she loves the fact that each journey is different because her beautiful ocean is always changing, always offering something different for her to behold.

Until one year, everything changes. As she swims towards shore she sees unfamilar shapes drifting through the water. Plastic bags float eerily through the water and bottles litter the ocean floor. What are these strange creatures?

As she edges closer to investigate she finds herself trapped. She struggles to free herself, but is it too late?

This is hands down one of the best books we’ve received for review this year. The writing pulls you in so that you feel like you’re with Little Turtle every step of the way and the illustrations are just glorious. When Ivy and I read it together we are both completely immersed in the story and it has really tugged on our heart strings. She cheers with gusto when Little Turtle is rescued and she’s asked lots of questions about the pollution of our oceans and what we can do to stop it.

There’s a handy section at the back of the book to help take the conversation further. It includes lots of useful information about plastic, microplastics and recycling, along with a glossary of terms and some suggestions for further reading.

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