The S.O.U.R.C.E.


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Let's clean it up. Let's make a pact. Let's tell the world it's time to act.- The S.O.U.R.C.E. by Suzanna Royse.

Our story begins with Sky Ryder, the undisputed skateboard king of the West Coast and his best friend Silk skateboarding. The duo are jumping curbs as well as trashcans. They can even do breakdancing style tricks on their boards. Silk has also added gymnastic acrobatics to her performances. They are psyched because they just won a competition. Part of their prizes include: a trip to Ocean World, wetsuits, backpacks, boogie boards, and custom made skateboards with their names on them. Today, they are headed to the beach. And as kids so often are, they're hungry and stop for a snack. Ryder tosses his trash (a wrapper and empty drink container) over his shoulder. We slowly see Ryder's trash being washed down the hill along with other debris. His response when being scolded by Silk is "Out of sight, out of mind, ...no big deal." Then they continue to the beach. There they meet Jaxx the sea lion, Duster the pelican, Nikki the gray whale, Rio an orca, and Patches a baby sea otter. Soon they find that their adventures are just beginning.

I really enjoyed reading The S.O.U.R.C.E. by Suzanna Royse. I just got a kick out of all the illustrations. Each page was filled with an awesome depiction of what's going on. That is a definite must for helping keep younger readers engaged. From the very first page the author begins with excitement and there's never a dull moment.

Each sea creature that the two encounter have had a problem in one way or another with pollution. For example Rio the Orca got pollution sickness from bad things people have dumped in the ocean. Poor thing got caught in floating garbage. Jaxx the sea lion got caught in a steel fishing wire leaving him deeply scarred for the rest of his life.

I appreciated the fact that the chapters while easy to read (for younger ones) don't talk down to older readers. The point however couldn't be more clearer: pollution is everyone's problem. When I saw the artist depiction of the whales and dolphin swimming under a bunch of trash it just made my heart hurt.

I give The S.O.U.R.C.E. by Suzanna Royse 5 out of 5 stars. For encouraging young people to take responsibility and get involved in protecting the environment. Because everyone young and old needs to know about the affects and effects of ocean pollution on the entire planet.

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I became fascinated with animals at an early age, growing up on a ranch and living along the coast of California. Knowing how land and sea animals had influenced my life I decided to use them as characters in an adventure fable to introduce children to the importance of protecting the environment. view profile

Published on December 21, 2021

Published by Fulton Books

30000 words

Genre: Children's

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