Once upon another time by Matt Forrest Essenwine and Charles Ghigna
Ill by Andrés F. Landazábal. Beaming Books, 2021, 32 p. 277 words.
With lyrical text, playful rhyme, and vivid illustrations, this book compares the world ‘before one human step was taken’ to the world of concrete buildings and street traffic. Illustrations contrast pristine landscapes with modern cityscapes.
Then, in a tribute to the natural world, the reader is encouraged to get outside, breathe the air, taste the rain and watch the cloud ballet in the sky.
“Once upon another time, the world was young and new. If you want to know this world, there’s something you can do.”
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.
A good book, a comfy chair,