Like the Ocean We Rise
Nicola Edwards and Sarah Wilkins
‘Our planet is vast and it’s beautiful too,
But it needs our help; it needs me, it needs you.’
Assuredly it does. I was absolutely astonished and horrified to read in the paper apropos World Oceans Day about the large percentage of microfibres in our oceans that are a result of washing synthetic clothing.
It’s never too early for young children to begin thinking about some of the ways they can help to reduce the negative impact we have on our planet and consider how everybody can help to prevent climate change.
A good place to start is with this smashing rhyming picture book.
Most of us know of the impact Greta Thunberg has had in galvanising what has become a global movement involving student protesters from over 120 countries; and Nicola Edwards’ narrative celebrates the contribution of young people; but there is a lot still to be done.
No matter where in the world we are,
we can all in our own way become eco-warriors
just like those children portrayed in Sarah Wilkins’ vibrant peek-through illustrations that use the ripple effect of a single raindrop to add to the impact of the text’s simile.
I love her final scene that shows this wave-making movement really is a global one in which we all can, indeed MUST, play our part.
The final spreadsheet provides a brief explanation of climate change and why it matters and some ‘What Can We Do?’ suggestions .