Cousteau, Philippe and Hopkinson, Deborah. Follow the Moon Home. Meilo So, ill. Chronicle Books, 2016. $16.99. ISBN 9781452112411. Unpaged. Ages 5-8. P8Q9
Environmental activist Philippe Cousteau (the grandson of Jacques Cousteau) teamed up with Deborah Hopkinson to write this inspiring story about a girl, Viv, who moves to the South Carolina coast with her family and manages to bring together her class and her community to help save sea turtles while figuring out how to fit in to her new surroundings. She identifies a problem (that baby sea turtles get confused by house lights on the coast at night and can’t make it to the sea) and by utilizing the resources in her school and community comes up with a plan to help. I loved how the story shows different ways kids can impact their communities to deal with a problem- making posters, using social media, handing out flyers, and using traditional media like tv and the newspaper to get their ideas out. So’s bright watercolor illustrations provide a nice backdrop for the story and convey the beauty and peacefulness of the coast. Cousteau successfully shows how kids can make a difference in the world. The last pages of the book contain a letter to young activists, notes to parents and teachers, and information about loggerheads and other sea turtles.
Verdict: This book would be a good addition to any public library or elementary or middle school collection. Kids will enjoy the empowering story, and who doesn’t like sea turtles?
November 2016 review by Carol Schramm.