The Plastic pollution Adventure (The Rescue Elves 1) by Monty J. McClaine

 

Teaching children the dangers of plastic to our world, and what they can do to help!

 

This book must be the best way ever to get the message across to children about the dangers of plastic to wildlife, the amount of items of rubbish it accumulates, where it is dumped, and also how important recycling is.

I recently read Santa’s Rescue Dog, Super Speed Sam, Book 5, by the same author to my granddaughter and we enjoyed it so much that this story caught my eye. You see, it is in Santa’s Rescue Dog that we first meet the relves. These are special rescue elves tasked with rescuing Santa, should he have a catastrophe on Christmas Eve, and their names are Sparkle, Holly, Jack and Charlie. Of course, everyone knows to be good at rescue like Firemen you have to practice, and the relves do the same. Mrs. Claus sends them, on special missions around the world throughout the year, just to keep them on their toes.

Their mission this time is to go to the beautiful Pacific Ocean and explore it, and the creatures which live near and in it. After all, you never know, one day Santa’s sleigh could break down going over the sea and they would have to know what to do if it was stuck under the water, wouldn’t they?

Now the Pacific Ocean is so different from the North Pole that the relves didn’t know what to expect, but being relves they are well prepared for anything. However, they can’t believe their eyes when they arrive and see a mysterious grey island. As they draw nearer they realise that it is made from all things plastic.

“How strange, I wonder where all this came from,” they ask themselves as they climb over it. Then suddenly they hear cries for help, and find some very special baby creatures in real distress. Luckily for them, rescue is what the relves do.  The incident makes the relves wonder how such a terrible thing could be in the middle of a lovely ocean. However, all is explained when the babies’ mommies arrive they tell them what is happening to the environment and our beautiful planet.

Something must be done, the relves decide. So they demonstrate to the reader what can be done, what a difference recycling can make, and how everyone can play their part.

This beautifully illustrated story was listened to avidly by my two grandsons and was the perfect way to explain to them that the environment is everyone’s responsibility, the dangers caused to wildlife by rubbish, and how important it is to take care of our world.

I think this book should be read to all children wherever in the world they live, the message it contains is so important and it will empower them with the knowledge that ‘they’ can make a difference!

 

About the Author:

Proud winner of the 7th Annual Beverley Hills Book Awards (2018) in the “Environment category The Rescue Relves – Plastic Pollution Adventure.

Proud winner of the 5th Annual Beverly Hills Book Awards in the “Holiday” category for Super Speed Sam – Santa’s Rescue Dog.

I feel that some of the natural interactions between family and friends are gradually eroding, if not already completely worn away for some. And I was reminded of a C.S.Lewis quotation –

“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.”

It also feels like the simple joy of laughing or crying among family and friends is being replaced by beeps, bops and demands to ‘add new features’ or ‘why doesn’t this work?’ or ‘who’s hogging the Wi-Fi?’.

So I set out to create a fun and exciting series of children’s short stories, with lots of adventure and splashes of humor, all paced to hold children’s attention whether reading or listening… at least that’s my hope!

Stories that will delight both boys and girls, the young and old, and, of course, moms and dads! Tales that allow a return to simpler values, kid-like imagination for both children and adults and, I sincerely hope, bring families closer together.

Website: http://relves.com/

 

About the Book:

“This beautifully illustrated story was listened to avidly by my two grandsons and was the perfect way to explain to them that the environment is everyone’s responsibility, the dangers caused to wildlife by rubbish, and how important it is to take care of our world.”

From high above the clouds to the depths of the sea, the rescue elves, or Relves for short, are ready for anything! All year they practice to make sure they’re sharp. They travel the world swiftly and quickly to ensure that Santa makes it safely to your home each year.

When the Relves take on their latest mission to the deep, dark depths of the sea, they find a lot more than colorful fish. For it appears that Santa’s sleigh isn’t the only thing stuck out on the high seas, as the Relves discover a man-made island full of plastic and trash! So what else can highly trained Relves do when they find that the ocean and many of its animals are in danger? They get to work!

Follow along with the brave little Relves as they make it their mission to save the animals, the ocean, and get to the bottom of this plastic island. Learn about the dangers of plastic waste and the sad state of the world’s oceans as the Relves explore the effects of humans on our gentle, beautiful world.

 

Available from Amazon in Paperback https://www.amazon.com/Plastic-Pollution-Adventure-plastic-pollution/dp/1973899523/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

and Kindle Format https://www.amazon.com/Plastic-Pollution-Adventure-children-pollution-ebook/dp/B07582DKN5/ref=mt_kindle?_encoding=UTF8&me=&qid=

A Future for Cheetahs by Dr. Laurie Marker

 

 

Photo Copyright & Credit to Suzi Eszterhas

Photo Copyright & Credit to Suzi Eszterhas

This is one of the most beautiful books I have ever seen, the author; Dr Laurie Marker has been working with cheetahs for over thirty years.

It begins by explaining the lifecycle of these beautiful animals, starting with the cubs’ life, through adolescence and into adulthood, and contains a huge amount of information, not only about the cheetah, but also its impact and role, in the lives of the humans it has lived alongside, throughout history.

 

 

 

Photo Copyright & Credit to Suzi Eszterhas

Photo Copyright & Credit to Suzi Eszterhas

The work of the Cheetah Conservation Fund is explained, not only their scientific and conservation research, but also their practical approach to protecting these animals by looking at the whole picture. The Fund realises that it is important to understanding that the African farmers look upon cheetahs entirely differently, they kill the livestock, and in doing so, put their livelihoods at risk. Therefore, they offer practical solutions, such as the introduction of the Livestock Guarding Programme in 1994, where Anatolian shepherd and Kangal dogs are given to the farmers. These dogs live with their flocks from puppyhood, becoming an integral part of the herd, and naturally protect both the animals and the children who herd them.

 

Photo Copyright & Credit to Suzi Eszterhas

Photo Copyright & Credit to Suzi Eszterhas

The challenges the cheetahs face for survival are integral to its, and many other species, natural surroundings, and the impacts of tourism, poaching, the illegal pet market and many other issues are covered too.

This is a truly beautiful book which is a joy to own, not only because of the outstanding photography by Suzi Eszterhas, but also because contains within its pages important messages which should be heeded,  for the survival of these magnificent animals.

 

 

Available in Hardback direct from the cheetah Conservation Fund http://cheetah.org/2014/04/announcing-a-new-book-a-future-for-cheetahs/

or Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Future-Cheetahs-Dr-Laurie-Marker/dp/0615933203/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1396378610&sr=8-2&keywords=a+future+for+cheetahs

 

Photo Copyright & Credit to Suzi Eszterhas

Photo Copyright & Credit to Suzi Eszterhas

To find out more about these beautiful animals and the work of the Cheetah Conservation Fund take a look at their website http://cheetah.org/