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Ducks Overboard!: A True Story of Plastic in Our Oceans Hardcover – Picture Book, September 28, 2021
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If a shipping container filled with 28,000 plastic ducks spilled into the Pacific Ocean, where would all those ducks go? Inspired by a real incident, this captivating and innovative look at the pollution crisis in our oceans follows one of the ducks as it is washed away on ocean currents, encountering plastic-endangered whales and sea turtles and passing through the giant floating island of marine debris known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. From the author-illustrator of the acclaimed Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover comes a highly accessible and graphically stylish picture book with an ultimately hopeful message about environmental issues and the state of our oceans. An end map documents the widely scattered journey of the real-life plastic ducks, showing where they have been found, as well as facts about the ways plastic is affecting various parts of the world.
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"The Mars rover Curiosity narrates her own story in Motum’s handsome and engaging children’s book debut...The book’s large trim size and expansive scenes work in tandem to evoke the vastness of star-filled skies and reddish Martian landscapes. Originally published in the U.K., this accessible look at interplanetary exploration will appeal to a broad range of young space enthusiasts."
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
As in his 2018 title Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover, Motum smartly employs a whimsical character introducing solid scientific concepts, a task this book’s child friendly star (Rubber Duckie, you’re the one!) performs swimmingly.
—The Horn Book
Hopeful. . . the book itself ends with facts about ocean currents, plastic waste and how people can help.
—The Virginian Pilot
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- Publisher : Candlewick (September 28, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1536217727
- ISBN-13 : 978-1536217728
- Reading age : 7 - 10 years
- Grade level : 2 - 5
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Dimensions : 10.93 x 0.39 x 9.56 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,122,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A world map clearly explains how the ducks traveled on ocean currents to various destinations. Our duck, however, becomes stuck in the swirling Great Pacific Garbage Patch—a mass of trash about twice the size of Texas—until, finally, freed. Though this duck’s story has a happy ending, much is learned in the process that gives us cause to think about how our everyday choices are hurting our planet.
Back matter includes “Lost at Sea” (about other missing shipping containers) and “Ocean Currents” (explaining ocean movement and gyres). “Plastic Facts” and “How You Can Help” reminds us that 40 percent of plastic is single-use and, because most cannot be recycled, those items break down into smaller and smaller pieces causing far-reaching damage. I appreciate how this book handles such a dire topic in a manner that feels as lightweight as your bathtub ducky.
The book has fabulous illustrations, lots of facts about plastics and how children can help. This is definitely a good conversation starter for educators and parents alike. I loved that we also learn where some of the places other ducks from the cargo container were spotted. This would be a great addition to libraries and personal collections.