Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

I Can Save the Ocean

I Can Save the Ocean

Allison Inches
Illustrator:  Viviana Garofoli 
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 6
Simon and Schuster, 2010   ISBN: 978-1416995142

One day Max, the Little Green Monster, goes to the beach to have a picnic. Max loves the ocean, but he does not like having to clean up his picnic things. Then Max goes snorkeling, and instead of seeing fish and other ocean creatures, all he sees are pieces of trash. How can anyone enjoy the ocean if it is full of plastic bottles, old tires, and broken toys?

There and then Max decides to clean up the trash from his picnic so that it does not end up in the ocean. However he doesn’t stop there. Soon he is picking up other people’s trash as well, and he decides that he needs to do more to make sure that the ocean stays clean.

This amusing little book will introduce children to the idea that we all need to do our part to keep our environment trash-free. With the funny green monster as their guide, children will discover that many of their actions can impact the environment in unexpected ways, but at the same time there are things that they can do to make the world a cleaner, healthier, and more beautiful place.

A glossary at the back of the book provides young readers with more information about the topics discussed in the book.