Sullie Saves the Seas

Children - Grade 4th-6th
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 07/19/2012
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Author Biography

Summary Bio: Goffinet McLaren
1945: Born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland.
1967-1980: Flight crew with Aer Lingus Irish International Airways.
1979: Moved to US, married Ian and son Moutray was born in Greenville in 1983.
1988-1993: Initiated a reading program, “Book Buddies” for underserved children in Greenville, South Carolina. The program was recognized in 1993 as “volunteer program of the year” by the South Carolina Education Board.
1992: Graduated Phi Betta Kappa from Furman University with B.A. in Political Science and History.
1996-2002: Organizing volunteer for Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
1998-2002: Created and chaired a breast cancer fundraiser, “Caroling for the Cure” at Furman University under the umbrella of Susan G. Komen Foundation.
2006-Present: Retired to Litchfield Beach. Current personal interests include;
i) Researching the devastating effects of plastic debris in the ocean.
ii) Leading the SCUTE (South Carolina United Turtle Enthusiasts) team at Litchfield by the Sea.
iii) Developing the “Plastic- free- Pawleys” project to encourage local shopkeepers to discontinue their use of plastic shopping bags.
2011. Published author; “ Sullie Saves the Seas”.
2012 Founded the Chirping Bird Society to high light the heroes who are helping our oceans and marine life.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for Readers' Favorite

Tears course down Sullie’s cheeks as he looks at his once pristine beach now littered with plastic. His granddaughter was left crippled by the abominable stuff. Sullie called a meeting of his bird friends and shared the dreadful acts humans have committed. They bring their dogs to run on the beach leaving the dog poo behind. They smoke cigarettes and leave the butts behind. The vilest thing humans do is leaving behind plastic bags, plastic rings and other plastic items. The dog poo is poisonous to the ocean as are the toxic cigarette butts. When plastic is washed into the ocean creatures become entangled in it leaving them injured and often dead. Baby turtles and birds often eat the plastic beckoning their own death. Not all humans are so thoughtless. Many are horrified by humans who are inconsiderate, rude and uncaring. Emotions were stirred by Sullie’s accusations. The birds formed a plan to teach the humans a lesson.

"Sullie Saves the Seas" is a delightful read for elementary and middle school students. Author Goffinet McLaren’s characters are appealing, creative and generally engaging. The message in this book is one we humans have to learn. McLaren combines humor and action in a manner that will grab readers' attention and keep them smiling to the very end. He also offers tips on how to protect our environment, such as not using plastic bags, not using straws or Styrofoam cups, properly disposing of trash, cleaning up after your dog, and cutting up rings of plastic six pack holders. Thank you, Mrs. McLaren, for teaching our children the importance of taking care of our environment.