The Purple Shell by Maritza Martinez Mejia ill by Valerie Mojica
Luz del Mes Publishing, 2021 / independently published . www.luzdelmes.com 32p. ; 141 words..
A trip to the beach becomes a clean-up day when the main character of this story is upset by the trash left in the sand. When they’ve collected several bags of soda bottles, plastic fast-food containers and other trash, the girl and her mom go for a swim and are rewarded with a beautiful purple seashell.
The beautifully illustrated bilingual text (Spanish and English) shows the importance of taking care of our plastic garbage so it does not end up polluting the oceans. The story is augmented by backmatter that includes vocabulary, questions, facts, and several coloring pages.