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April 2020 Debut of the Month
There’s a classic painterly feel to this picture book but its message is very contemporary. Clem loves exploring along the seashore and collecting treasures in her bucket. These include shells and pebbles and pieces of glass, as well as brightly coloured plastic lids, bottles and netting. She befriends a little crab, caught up in a bit of netting and it hitches a ride home with her. Clem knows the crab belongs on the beach, but will he be safe there? Then a trip to the aquarium inspires her class to protect the ocean and together they clean up Clem and Crab’s beach. It’s a lovely story, and an important one, told so effectively in Fiona Lumber’s carefully chosen words and beautiful illustrations.
Clem is an explorer, a collector, a protector of the seas! Treasure hunting on her beloved beach, she stumbles across Crab, his claw stuck in a plastic bag. Crab will be much safer and happier in the city with Clem, but doesn't he belong on the beach? A stunningly illustrated timely tale of cleaning up our beaches, with the message that every small action helps.
A beautiful and timely tale. -- Fiona Noble - The Bookseller
This inspiring picture book gently reinforces the message that everyone has a responsibility to care for the environment and demonstrates that lots of small actions can have a big impact. - Booktrust
A gloriously illustrated picture book. - The Sun
A lovely story, and an important one, told so effectively in Fiona Lumbers' carefully chosen words and beautiful illustrations. - LoveReading4Kids, July 2019 Debut of the Month
Lumbers' skillful, pleasingly composed pencil, crayon, and watercolor illustrations and simple but expressive text are perfectly suited to her story, capturing the ingenuous earnestness of her young protagonist... This sweet, feel-good tale about a can-do kid is in tune with its audience. - Kirkus
|Publication date:||2nd April 2020|
|Publisher:||Andersen Press Ltd|
|Suitable for:||3+ readers, 5+ readers|
|Genres:||Ecological and Environmental|
|Recommendations:||Debuts of the Month|
Fiona has drawn on anything and everything from an early age and always insisted she would be an artist when she grew up. Fiona moved to London in 2000 to study for an MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art. A combination of her obsession with picture books and the arrival of her first son led her down the path of illustration and she hasn’t looked back since. Nothing makes her happier than splashing watercolours and inks and conjuring up new characters - often influenced by the exploits of her two sons. You can follow her on ...More About Fiona Lumbers