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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
The Plastic Pollution Adventure, Santa’s Rescue Elves, Book One is an educational picture book for preschool children written by Monty J. McClaine and illustrated by Abira Daz. Way up at the North Pole, there’s a special team of elves that are kept in peak condition year-round for the all-important task of being Santa’s Rescue Elves. The Relves, as they are known, are ready to step in and save the day if something happens to Santa on his Christmas Eve delivery rounds. Mrs. Claus keeps them trained and ready for any emergency by giving them special assignments. Those assignments can take them to anywhere on the globe as Relves must be prepared to rescue Santa wherever he may have problems. Their task for today is taking place in the Pacific Ocean. They’ve been informed that Santa’s sleigh sank beneath the waves and is now on the ocean floor. Their challenge -- recover the sleigh and any toys it may contain.
Monty J. McClaine’s educational picture book for children, The Plastic Pollution Adventure, Santa’s Rescue Elves, Book One introduces readers to a dynamic new team of search and rescue elves: Sparkle, Holly, Jack and Charlie, and I loved seeing how the four Relves work together to assist the stranded baby animals they encounter. McClaine’s story eloquently addresses plastic pollution, an issue of extreme importance, in a way that gets kids involved in recycling and reuse. Drawing on the real life tragedy of floating garbage islands in the Pacific, the author draws attention to the things kids can do to help make it better. I especially appreciated his use of the dreaded six-pack plastic rings which do so much damage to animals and the environment. It seems no matter how many of those annoying rings I pick up and duly cut up, there are always dozens more to properly dispose of. I loved McClaine’s Super Speed Sam series for children, and am thrilled to see he and his brilliant illustrator, Abira Daz, have dreamt up a new set of characters with what promise to be exciting adventures. The Plastic Pollution Adventure, Santa’s Rescue Elves, Book One is most highly recommended.