By Author / Illustrator
Georgina Stevens, Izzy Burton
Oxford University Press
Paperback / softback
Spurred into action when her seagull friend gets poorly from eating plastic, young Stella is soon on a campaign for change. A beach clean up and plastic straw ban sparks her whole community into action and soon Stella is making a big impact. And it's not long before the little seagull and all its animal friends can live in a better environment.
This is an absolutely delightful book to start a discussion about a number of current issues. Stella is a little girl who befriends a seagull and is then horrified to find it injured by litter on the beach. With her Grandma's help, she organises a community beach clean up which prompts a chocolate bar company to change its packaging and inspires local business to be more sustainable. The text is clear, thoughtful and engaging and the illustrations show an inclusive and responsible close-knit community.
Stella and the Seagull is perfect to inspire children aged 5-8 to make a difference and shows you're never too young to be a force for good. It also sensitively introduces issues such as pollution, single-use plastics, wildlife welfare and personal responsibility. This is a book that will be used regularly in my school to support all these topics in a positive way.
Picture book / Reviewed by Wendy Kelly, teacher
Suggested Reading Age 5+