If you’re wanting to raise kids who not only care about the world in which they live but have some kind of kid friendly idea of what one problem is and what they could do to help, then starting with books like Little Hector and the Big Idea will be the perfect conversation starter!
5 year old River’s mind was fixed from beginning to end on Little Hector, the story of a little dolphin and his friends with a BIG problem!
Grabbing River first as always are the illustrations and no surprise with these gorgeous illustrations from Ruth Paul, who incidentally has worked as a costume illustrator for Peter Jackson movies, and is also the author and illustrator of Little Hector and the Big Blue Whale, and the award-winning author of I am Jellyfish.
Then followed the story that captivated his animal loving heart and ignited his eco-spirit. In Little Hectors second adventure, he takes on a huge challenge – fishing nets and plastic rubbish are endangering his beautiful bay, as well as Little Hector and his friends themselves! Little Hector’s games with his friends keep getting spoilt. When it’s not by dangling, tangling fishing nets, it’s by a mess of plastic trash, trash that can end up in places it shouldn’t! He wants to make the bay safe for all the marine creatures to play in again and schemes to stop his bay being spoiled.
River was full of questions about what this BIG problem was actually all about. Not sure if all kids will delve as deeply into topics the way this kid tends to, but it most certainly will gently awaken their curiosity around keeping our seas clean and the lives within them safe. For River the topic opened generously as always and incorporated the need to ensure proper recycling of recyclable products, the avoidance of plastic where possible, proper discarding of waste, avoidable waste and over fishing – I’ve got my hands (and mind) full with this kid!
No wonder River loved the story of Little Hector and the Big Idea, it has everything that stimulates his interests, a challenge, a solution, gorgeous pictures, personified dolphins and clever octopuses, a real life “situation” and a glimpse of a simple offering humans can do to help keep our coastal waters beautiful and safe for Little Hector and his friends.
Is your kid showing an interest in our coastal waters and sea creatures?
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Written by Ronnie Swainston
Online Producer & Experiences Editor Ronnie is mum to two spirited kids who keep her on her toes. With a love for travel, film, tv, photography & (eating) food keeping her wishing for more time, & having a keen curiosity means she’ll give almost anything a go making her, and her family, up for the job!
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