Washed Ashore

Making Art from Ocean Plastic

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Pub Date 01 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 28 Feb 2022
Lerner Publishing Group, Millbrook Press ™

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Every day, we use plastic products. And where do these items go when we are done with them?

When artist Angela Haseltine Pozzi found plastic trash polluting the beach near her home, she took action. She formed an organization called Washed Ashore and started gathering trash from beaches and using it to create incredible sculptures of wildlife. These sculptures travel the country to teach people about the importance of these animals—and the problems caused by plastic pollution.

Author and photographer Kelly Crull highlights fourteen spectacular sculptures, along with hints to find common objects hidden among the debris. There’s information about each ocean animal as well as tips for how you can reduce your plastic use, hold a beach cleanup and make your own plastic art. Be inspired to get creative in protecting the world’s oceans!

Every day, we use plastic products. And where do these items go when we are done with them?

When artist Angela Haseltine Pozzi found plastic trash polluting the beach near her home, she took action...

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I love this idea and I love what the author has done, creating art and cleaning up beaches. Plus this is a seek and find book to help engage kids! Includes ways we can help clean up our planet, reduce waste and help the world. Amazing photos and story. Great book and I highly recommend. Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read an early copy!

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I feel bad for enjoying this book because of all the ocean trash that was used to create the items, but I found it amazing. I hate that it is such a problem, but if more people can learn about the problem then it could make a difference.

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Washed Ashore is a picture book that tells the story of marine animals and how they've been affected by the garbage filling the oceans. Each animal is represented by a sculptured created using trash harvested from the ocean and there is an "I spy" activity on each page challenging readers to find specific pieces of trash used in the creation. A list of actions is provided that children can take to reduce their own contribution to the ever-increasing amount of trash we produce. Additional resources are included at the end. This is an age-appropriate engaging presentation of the damage we are doing to the earth with some good habits children can start to develop now to reduce their future impact.

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Author Kelly Crull features the artworks of environmental activist Angela Haseltine Pozzi in this creative, engaging dive into human's impacts and how we can help protect ocean environments and their inhabitants. Meant for the elementary grades, this book can be read as an interactive read-aloud or independently but stronger readers. Colorful artworks hide secret treasures to be searched for and text bubbles include eco-friendly tips we can use to protect our ocean friends. Inspirational eco-friendly arts and craft idea and glossary along with further reading suggestions round out this buried treasure. A must-have for any school library!

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Washed Ashore is an important book that tells the story of ocean plastic pollution. I saw their zoo exhibit in 2019 and the sculptures were truly stunning, even though ocean plastic isn’t deserving of our admiration. Washed Ashore teaches about the huge problem of ocean pollution. Just off the coast of California, we have our own Great Garbage Patch that goes on for miles. This is a great addition to our school library on ocean plastic pollution. Only through education, we can try to do better.

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