Rocket Says Clean Up!

Random. Sept. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780593118993.
K-Gr 2–Rocket is back and this time she is off on an adventure to visit her grammy and grampy at their island home! Rocket, a Black girl with curly, natural hair, has a lot of plans about what she is going to do on her vacation—but when she encounters a baby sea turtle tangled in plastic on the beach, everything changes. After she brings the turtle to Grampy, who runs an animal sanctuary, he shows Rocket all of the ways plastics are harming the islands. This reality makes Rocket sad while galvanizing her to action. The next day Rocket begins telling everyone on the beach about the dangers of plastic waste, and by the end of the day she has united all the beachgoers into a cleanup crew. They follow up all the hard work with a celebration where the little turtle that started it all is released back into the wild.
VERDICT Ideal for science-inclined readers and budding environmentalists, this book includes a brief section on how readers can take steps to help “Clean Up”! A first purchase.

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