Clem and Crab

Andersen. Mar. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781541596191.
PreS-Gr 1–Clem loves the beach: the crashing sound the waves make when hitting the shore and the crunch of the sand under her feet. She enjoys spending time exploring tide pools and discovering treasures. If it belongs to the sea, Clem will return it to the sea. She also finds and collects items that have no place in the water. Plastic bottles, bags, and toys are placed in her bucket. While Clem is searching, a little crab carefully watches what she’s doing. She shows kindness to the curious crab by freeing it from a piece of twisted plastic. The new friend finds a way to go home with Clem. Eventually, Clem realizes that she needs to bring the little crab back to the ocean where it belongs. However, she worries about the careless trash that is taking over its home. How can a young child remedy this situation? The illustrations in this book are charming. This is a perfect story for Earth Day or any day of the year. It reminds us that we should care for the world in which we live.
VERDICT This simple but wonderful book shows that one small action can be the start of something big and wonderful.

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