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As you have probably guessed by now, my family and I have a *slight* obsession with the ocean and the beach. We spend as much time as possible there. We swim, play, build sandcastles, kayak, and sadly, we clean up a lot of trash. Alba and the Ocean Cleanup is an amazing picture book all about the importance of taking care of our oceans.
Alba and the Ocean Cleanup
I am so excited to share this new picture book with you. Written and illustrated by Lara Hawthorne, Alba and the Ocean Cleanup is the story of Alba. Alba is a fish and it is her birthday. Every year for her birthday she likes to find a beautiful treasure to add to her collection. She has the most gorgeous array of shells and coral of all different sizes and colors. This year, however, Alba has noticed that it is getting more and more difficult to find beautiful objects. Her ocean has become so full of trash! Alba is finally able to discover a shiny pearl. It is just out of her reach so she has so squish and squeeze to get to it. The pearl was lodged in the bottom of a plastic bottle…and now, so is Alba.
Thankfully for Alba, she ends up near the shore and a sweet girl named Kaia helps her. Kaia is determined that this shouldn’t happen anymore so she organizes everyone to help clean up. Alba is finally able to return home to her beautiful ocean that is nice and clean!
We absolutely fell in love with this book. I will start by saying the illustrations are just gorgeous. Such bright and vivid colors throughout the pages just bring the story to life. Author/Illustrator Lara Hawthorne has created a beautiful story that really sends home a clear message that we need to work together to clean up our oceans and take care of all of the creatures that call it home.
With Earth Day coming up in April, I thought it was an important time to share this book…though it is a perfect read for any time of year! You and your children will fall in love with Alba. I love that the tone of the book is helpful. It isn’t written in a preachy manner, it is very loving and really emphasizes the power of working together, and how even one person can make a difference!
For More Information
Alba and the Ocean Cleanup is available now for purchase. You can find it by following this link or clicking the picture below.
For more information on Author/Illustrator Lara Hawthorne, you can visit her website here.
Sending a huge thank you to my friends at Candlewick Press for sending a copy to me for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
For more book recommendations for Earth Day, you can find my blog post from last year right here.