Author/Illustrator: Janina Rossiter
Age Range: 2 – 6 years
Reviewer: Jeanette Perkins aka Beeba
The news is filled with sad stories of islands of trash floating in the sea and poor wildlife entangled in discarded fishing line or other garbage. Adults are well aware of this crisis but we need to teach our grandchildren about this problem. They are the future caretakers of the seas. 1,2,3 Who’s Cleaning the Sea will not only illustrate the problems facing our oceans but teach counting in the process.
This picture book will teach your child to associate numbers with their quantities while also learning about the importance of keeping plastics and other pollutants out of our seas. Younger children will be able to count along and slightly older children (ages 4-6) will learn to make logical connections between numbers and facts. Readers of all ages will enjoy the pictures, the story, and the message. My only criticism would be that the book may lead children to think the sea creatures are able to clean up the pollution in their environment when in fact they are helpless.
The original hand-drawn illustrations in black ink marker are done on a background of acrylic art and limited to blue, black and white. A little more color might be more interesting for the younger kids.
About the author:
Janina Rossiter studied communication and illustration design at university, and has lived in Germany (her home country), England (where she met her husband), and now France (where she vows to stay). She enjoys the creative energy of Paris, where she lives with her English husband and her two daughters. With the arrival of her first daughter, Janina’s love for painting and drawing found a new lease on life and, before long, she combined her passion for illustration with the wonderfully inspiring world of children. Janina Rossiter is also author of the children’s book series Tovi the Penguin.
plastic About the reviewer:
Jeanette Perkins is the grandmother of two adorable grandsons. She lives in beautiful St Pete Beach, FL. Jeanette is a book and product reviewer for GRAND and is looking forward to reviewing lots of new and useful books and products for all us grandparents.
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