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Monday, 16 March 2015

Review: Dear Greenpeace by Simon James

Dear Greenpeace by Simon James is kind of an old one. Published in 2008, it is perhaps my favourite non-sophisticated picture book of all time. That's a big call I know. However, things like that are subjective. Let me tell you why it might be my favourite.

The story details a little girl called Emily who loves whales. She pens a letter to Greenpeace, asking them for more information about whales, as she might have seen one in her pond.

Of course, Greenpeace thinks/knows she is making this all up. At first they kindly convince Emily that whales can't exist in her pond, especially since whales live in salt water. Emily pens back again, thanking Greenpeace for their advice, because adding salt water to her pond made her whale happier!

A few more forceful (Greenpeace) letters about how a whale can't be in Emily's pond continue back and forth and it tells how wonderful and imaginative Emily really is.

Now besides the on the surface cute story, there are many cool teaching points.
  • It is in letter form and the cover looks like a stamped envelop
  • There are a few facts about whales and good vocabulary
  • It shows that even the littlest minds can wonder and enjoy the beauty of the world
  • With help from a teacher or adult, children learn about a little about Greenpeace
  • At the heart of it, it is a love story
Go visit your local library and see if they have a copy. If they do and you love it as much as I do, it won't cost you much to get one for yourself!

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