One Turtle's Last Straw: The Real-Life Rescue That Sparked a Sea Change

by Elisa Boxer (Author)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
The inspiring true story of how one small turtle and kids all over the country sparked an environmental movement. Based on the viral video that created awareness of the harm caused by plastic straws, this heart-wrenching story is a perfect tool for teaching children about sustainability. Slurp! A boy finishes his drink and tosses it in the trash, straw and all. He moves on without another thought.... In the waters off of Costa Rica, scientists spot an endangered sea turtle and pull him aboard to study him. But he has something stuck in his nose. A barnacle? A stick?'s a plastic straw! This heroic story of one turtle's rescue reminds us that even the smallest straw can hurt our ocean life--and that the smallest demand for change can grow into something big!
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Guided Reading Level
Crown Books for Young Readers
Publication date
May 20, 2022
BISAC categories
NAT028000 - Nature | Animals | Reptiles & Amphibians
Library of Congress categories
Environmental aspects
Plastic marine debris
Marine biodiversity conservation
Drinking straws

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