Picture Book Review: Little Turtle and the Changing Sea

Little Turtle and the Changing Sea by Becky Davies
Little Turtle and the Changing Sea
by Becky Davies,  Jennie Poh (Illustrator)

5 out of 5 stars

Turtle is born on a beach, and immediately dives into the ocean. She travels through the ocean landscape, making friends, and living a good life. One day she returns to the beach where she was born to lay her eggs. On her journey to and from the beach, she notices that the ocean is not the same as it used to be. Plastic bags and bottles float around, and plastic rings or bits of net trap the sea creatures. All the garbage is making the ocean toxic, but Turtle encounters some friendly humans who start cleaning things up.

This book took me on an emotional roller coaster ride of ups and downs as Turtle revels in the joy of her beautiful ocean and then is devastated by all the garbage and trash that is floating around. What a wonderful story!
I love that it has an important message about keeping the oceans clean, but it never feels too preachy. The story is light and fun, and there are resources and further information about ocean clean-up and recycling at the back of the book.

The illustrations are lovely with calming blues and greens. There are bright pops of color in the fish and coral, and the art style is soft and wavy. The gorgeous art work along with the compelling story makes this book particularly powerful and enjoyable!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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