By: Barroux

Published: March 20, 2022

Publisher: Flyaway Books


A boy sets out for a sail on the ocean but quickly the skies turn dark and he is in danger. A whale comes along and helps him to safety and he pledges to come back and see the whale, Blue, again.

When he returns, Blue is nowhere to be found. When he swims to the bottom of the ocean he finds Blue feeling sick because his stomach is full of plastic bags. The boy knows he must save Blue and sets about to make him feel better. Thus, one rescue leads to another and a sweet friendship between a boy and a whale is formed.

This simple story with water-colored illustrations teaches us the impact pollution has on the ocean and its inhabitants. Seeing a whale’s stomach full of colorful plastic bags made my own stomach turn as I think of the thousands that must be floating along in the ocean. Since they look like jellyfish, the whales eat them and then find they are in trouble. No matter if you live near an ocean or in the middle of nowhere, the plastics that we discard can still find their way into streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans. We are all contributing to the problem and we can all be part of the solution.

Barroux leaves a list of simple instructions in his author’s note at the end of the book. Just start with one thing, drinking water from reusable containers, and you are already making a difference.

Barroux is a Paris-based author and illustrator whose works have received many international awards. He was born in France, raised in Morocco, and has lived in Canada and the United States. His sensitivity to the problems facing humanity and the natural world is reflected in many of his books for children. Check out his website, HERE.

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