Thursday, January 2, 2020

"A Dolphin's Wish" - a bookwrap


A Dolphin's Wish

authored by Trevor McCurdie
illustrated by Cinzia Battistel

* Ages:  4-8
* Grade Level:  PS-3
* Hardcover:  32 pages
* Publisher:  Sourcebooks Explore
* Pub. Date:  March 3, 2020
* Language:  English

Unwrapping Some Wonderful Illustrations

The Book

The illustrations are amazing and drive the serious urgency of the book's message to its readers.   

A young dolphin is anticipating a lovely bedtime story from his dad as usual but instead is introduced to the plastic pollution hazard that is destroying his beautiful underwater world.  His dad exposes the calf to the horror of the man-made plastic rain that keeps pouring down into the ocean injuring and oftentimes destroying the sea creatures who live there.  

Written in rhyme the story is a wake-up call to humans of all ages to get busy and clean up the plastic and other litter that is polluting the oceans.  This discarded trash is making both the water and the environment toxic to those poor vulnerable creatures that make the ocean their home.  The book graphically portrays how destructive this mindless and dangerous act of pitching everything into the ocean has become.  

The author has added an educational component at the end of the book to consider: 

~ How YOU can help save our oceans
~ How does plastic get into our oceans? 
~ How much plastic leaks into our oceans? 
~ How does plastic hurt our oceans? 
~ Use these words to teach friends about pollution

The back cover says it all.... "The dolphin's great wish is to keep the ocean clean.  Will you help make the wish come true?  This book will spark lots of discussion and solutions to help make the oceans sparkling clean and garbage-free once more. It should be included in every classroom setting and in elementary school library.  I highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 +++HUGS!!!!!

Meet the Illustrator

Cinzia was born in Milan in 1963. Milan was very busy for children and the parks were too crowded, so as a child, Cinzia began illustrating stories while watching the traffic jams from her window.
Since graduating in painting at the Academy of Fine Art at Milan, she went on to become a freelance illustrator. Years later, she fled to the countryside not far from the shore, to paint illustrations and take a dip in the sea. You can find the colors of the Italian landscape all her artwork, whether in her watercolors, pastels, or digital paintings.
Cinzia specializes in illustrating landscapes, travel, and stories from life. She loves the Venetian and Tuscan painters of earlier centuries but also Picasso, Modigliani, and American illustrators like N.C.Wyeth.
Her passion and her job are cartoons. Characters with lively, animated features come alive and interact on her painted backgrounds. She also loves puppies and all the little animals that live near her home, like hoopoes, fawns, owls and the little eagles who sit on the power lines of her broadband internet, which is often a bit slow. So, while she waits, she is forced to read a good book by Alice Munro or rewatch her favorite movie, “Barry Lindon.”
Cinzia’s artwork and watercolor paintings have been shown at many collective exhibitions organized by the Illustrators Association, of which she is a member, and at numerous other exhibitions. The Italian Illustration Annual has recognized her with multiple awards.
Outside of art, Cinzia can be found… growing spinach, making jams, or teaching at the School of Cinema in Milan.

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