Clem, a little girl, discovers a crab at the beach; and, sadly, she also discovers a lot of junk left behind by her species, humans. What she does with the collected trash isn’t unique—making a collage—what happens in her classroom is.
Mention the words, sea, surf, and sand to someone, and often, what follows is a smile. Why? Because the experience of being by an ocean with its repetitive waves lapping onto the shores, where its daily gifts from beneath the water come forth, is memorable. Many children experience this ocean thing at early ages, perhaps when they were first introduced to the water and sand, with a bucket and a shovel. In her 32-page picture book, CLEM and CRAB, author and illustrator, Fiona Lumbers, shares the good, the bad, and the ugly of one particular beach story. Through pastels colors and simple text, she tells a story that displays true sensitivity to the environment–and points out that children–like parents, teachers, and others–can help improve the made-messy-by-people beaches, even if it is, one… beach…at a… time.
Mrs. Patricia Ann Timbrook, PatSays, a children’s book reviewer. September, 2019, review. This is a 5-star book. https://patriciatimbrook.wordpress.com/2019/08/08/is-beach-trashing-ok?-author-fiona-lumbers-is-back,-with-clem-and-crab/