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Ecological Conservation Picture Books: “Ocean Soup” & “Summer of the Tree Army”

Note: Thank you to Sleeping Bear Press for providing copies to review. All opinions are my own.

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Earth Day takes place on April 22 every year to support environmental protection and bring awareness for change. A great way to teach children about ecological conservation is through books. Kids can learn why taking care of the earth matters. They can hear about what others have done to protect nature and get ideas on how they can make a difference.

Two new books published by Sleeping Bear Press take a closer look at ecological conservation. Read on to learn more, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this article for a chance to win a copy of your own!

Ocean Soup: A Recipe for You, Me, and a Cleaner Sea

Written by Meeg Pincus; Illustrated by Lucy Semple

Ocean Soup coverFrom afar the ocean may look crystal clean, but a closer look reveals more. This book covers how ocean waters are polluted from plastics bags, styrofoam, balloons, and other plastics. All of these create a yucky soup of contaminants in our oceans.

Using rhyme, the book takes the reader on a journey of how we got into this mess and what we can do to make things better. The author uses cooking terminology to reflect the “soup” metaphor. An example includes:

Ocean Soup has been stewing for decades of days.
It’s been simmered by sun
and congealed under haze.

The book discusses how this ocean soup of pollutants affects ocean life as well as us humans. Colorful, cartoon-like illustrations engage readers while supporting the text they reflect.

Information in the back of the book includes more details about what is ocean soup. It also describes the types of plastics that most pollute the world’s seas. Resources also include a recipe for cleaner oceans in 10 steps to show kids how they can reduce daily plastic use to help save our world’s oceans.

This book is ideal for children in grade levels 1-4. Find Ocean Soup: A Recipe for You, Me, and a Cleaner Sea on Amazon (Hardcover or Kindle), SleepingBearPress.com, and other book retailers.

Summer of the Tree Army: A Civilian Conservation Corps Story

Written by Gloria Whelan; Illustrated by Kirbi Fagan

Summer of the Tree Army Cover

Set in 1933 during the Great Depression, Summer of the Tree Army: A Civilian Conservation Corps Story features a young boy, Charlie Brightelot, who discovers mysterious barracks in the woods near his home in northern Michigan. His father informs him the barracks are for the young men, ages 17-23 years old, who are part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt Civilian Conservation Corps relief program.

The purpose of the Civilian Conservation Corps is to help employ millions of young men during the Great Depression. But Charlie’s father is suspicious and unsupportive of the program. When a fire breaks out in the forest, and the young men in the program put their lives on the line to battle it, his father relooks his perspective.

Beautiful, whimsical, retro-style illustrations reflect the setting of the story in the earlier part of the 20th century. Summer of the Tree Army: A Civilian Conservation Corps Story is part of the Tales of Young Americans book series which covers actual historic events involving young Americans.

This book is ideal for children in grade levels 1-4. Find Summer of the Tree Army: A Civilian Conservation Corps Story on Amazon (Hardcover or Kindle), SleepingBearPress.com, and other book retailers.

Enter the Ecological Conservation Book Giveaway [CLOSED]

One lucky reader will win his or her choice of one of these books – Ocean Soup: A Recipe for You, Me, and a Cleaner Sea or Summer of the Tree Army: A Civilian Conservation Corps Story. Please enter via the entry form below. The giveaway is open to entrants age 18+ years old with a U.S. mailing address. Good luck!

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