I Love You, Blue

Flyaway. Mar. 2022. 40p. Tr $18. ISBN 9781947888364.
PreS-K–Through the friendship of a lighthouse keeper with a whale named Blue, readers are introduced to the impact of plastic waste on the ocean and ocean life. One day Blue rescues the lighthouse keeper when he is caught in his boat during a storm, but the next day it is up to the keeper to rescue Blue when he discovers that the whale is sick with a stomach full of plastic bags. By cleaning up the trash, the lighthouse keeper helps Blue feel better. Simple text and charming watercolor illustrations gently depict the damage humans can do to the environment. While the story is simple, readers learn about the importance of caring for the ocean. An author’s note includes ways readers can help protect whales and their habitats by changing habits, such as using reusable containers instead of plastic bottles. There is also a list of organizations for learning more and for volunteering.
VERDICT A good fit for libraries seeking additional titles about taking care of the environment.–

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