Washed Ashore: Making Art from Ocean Plastic


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$19.99  $18.59
Millbrook Press (Tm)
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9.6 X 11.1 X 0.4 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

Kelly Crull is an author, illustrator, and photographer. His writing career began in the second grade when his teacher gave him a blank picture book and told him to tell a story. He filled an entire bookshelf at the library at his school in Iowa. His joke book even had a waitlist!

Kelly is the author of a short stack of children's books including most recently Washed Ashore: Making Art from Ocean Plastic. Kelly's lively school visits have been known to include reenactments of the Running of the Bulls and La Tomatina, the world's largest food fight. Crazy fiestas like these happen every day in Spain where he lives with his wife and three children in an old stone house between a castle and a palace.


"Artist Angela Haseltine Pozzi saw a problem, took action, and now uses her work to educate others, something readers might be inspired to do by this book. Introductory pages describe how Pozzi saw trash on the beach near her Oregon town and enlisted the help of locals to gather it and create giant sculptures of marine animals. Pozzi then created Washed Ashore, an organization that teaches youngsters how trash harms marine animals. Following the introduction, Crull introduces readers to 14 of the sculptures created by Pozzi and her volunteers, such as a giant Pacific octopus, a rockhopper penguin, and a sea jelly. Clear, close-up photographs show the creations looking fascinating but also suitably forlorn. Each is accompanied by details on the animal in question, how it is endangered by garbage, and how to help--easy-to-implement tips include, for example, eating ice cream from a cone rather than using a plastic spoon. Readers at the younger end of the grade range will enjoy searching the images for the items shown beneath each photo and learning how to make their own art from trash, while a section of more advanced activities, such as keeping a field journal, might appeal more to older students. An excellent work on an unusual topic and a must for school and library shelves."--starred, Booklist

-- "Journal" (3/1/2022 12:00:00 AM)

"Kelly Crull was inspired to create this book by the organization Washed Ashore, which endeavors to save the ocean and its creatures by creating magnificent, larger-than-life art sculptures from trash (mostly plastic) that washes up on shore. These are put on exhibit with information about the dangers this trash poses to ocean animals in hopes of educating the public and changing their harmful habits. Crull presents this mission statement to young readers in the form of this book. Set alongside vibrantly colored photographs of 14 of these marine sculptures, Crull provides each with a brief narrative describing the creature depicted, its habitat, and why it's endangered. This narrative directly addresses young readers, asking questions in an engaging tone that also employs some humor. Also included within each spread is a practical tip about how every child can do their part to help, along with facts about how pollution and climate change affect the creatures. Another additional feature is the "Can you find a..." section included at the bottom of each page which shows an assortment of pieces of trash that were used in the sculpture and presents them as a seek-and-find activity. Valuable back matter includes "Scavenger Hunt," providing tips on how to clean up a beach; "Building the Sculptures," detailing how each was constructed and how children can make a facsimile themselves; and "Where Do Plastic Bottles Go?" which looks at the life cycle of a plastic bottle and how to make good choices about drinking water. This title is a must-have addition to STEAM collections focusing on biology, the environment, and art. Bibliography. Glossary. Websites. Rebecca Barrier Nelson, Adjunct Professor, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky Highly Recommended" --School Library Connection

-- "Journal" (8/1/2022 12:00:00 AM)

"Vibrant, crisp photographs of 14 sea creatures sculpted from recycled plastic are only the beginning of this engaging book. The sculptures were created to travel around the country to educate people about the multiple threats posed by our plastic trash. Each spread includes fascinating facts about an animal along with common sense actions that even kids can take to reduce the pollution of our oceans. A seek-and-find feature adds an extra layer of engagement while also highlighting just how many ways we incorporate plastic into our lives. Back matter includes instructions on how to organize a plastic scavenger hunt, an explanation of how the sculptures in the book were made, and a flowchart that lays out the consequences of drinking tap water vs. water from a plastic bottle. VERDICT A visually and factually compelling call to environmental action that will speak to children."--School Library Journal

-- "Journal" (3/1/2022 12:00:00 AM)