Sunday, March 5, 2023

*Review* Marina by Jesse Byrd

Genre: Children's 5-8 years
Published: March 28, 2023
Pages: 40

After Marina throws away the plastic wrapper on her sandwich, the plastic goes on a journey to disturb a series of sea creatures before, later, washing up on a beach where Marina and her family are playing. This experience is Marina’s introduction to the harmfulness of single-use plastics, lighting a spark within her to learn more and do more to help the planet.

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review. 

This is a story about a piece of plastic that was originally used to wrap a sandwich for a school lunch going on an ocean adventure before being recovered by the girl who originally threw it away. She is confused because she always throws her trash away and asks her parents about it and learns that plastic doesn't decompose, so they decide to stop using plastic for her lunches. There are additional facts about plastic and our oceans at the end of the story. 

The illustrations were bright and colorful and the pics for the plastic's ocean adventure were fun and imaginative. They'll definitely grab the attention of young children. I think this is a book with a message that most everyone should pay attention to, but I don't know that we'll ever get away from utilizing single use plastics. I wouldn't have a problem reading this book a few times though, because the message is important. Overall I give this book 4.13 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

Jesse Byrd is an international award-winning children’s book author and the youngest NPR Board member. At 6’8”, Jesse pivoted from playing basketball at UCSB to pursue his passion for storytelling. After working at Google in Silicon Valley and later EY in Dubai as Director of Communications for Middle East and North Africa, Jesse turned all of his energy toward his deepest love: making stories for youth and families with a focus on supporting diverse creators and #own voices material. He’s written six children’s books and helped produce over 40 others as an editor, art director, and publishing consultant. Jesse is based in Los Angeles, CA.

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