Raising awareness about how we are harming our planet isn’t easy, and explaining the problem to our children is a particular challenge. That’s where Trevor’s Eco-Education Foundation comes in with its new children’s book “Trevor’s Travels Eco Adventures: The Ocean Calls.”
The book is designed to be a fun but also educational read for ages 8 to 12. Readers join 12-year old Trevor Duncan, a boy who likes adventures and loves animals including his Australian shepherd dog best friend Stray, as he sets out to answer his calling and help endangered animals in the Pacific Ocean near to his California home.
Through meeting several marine animals (Trevor is able to talk to animals due to a sting from the mysterious loculuna bug) and learning about the problems that plastic pollution brings for marine life and our planet, Trevor and his readers learn about why environmentalism is so important and more about the challenges we face to keep our planet healthy today.
The book is written by Scott Bright (who is also co-founder and part of the Business Development Team at Trevor), and you can watch the following video in which Bright talks about his reasons for putting together the book and what he hopes that it can accomplish:
The book is designed to be the first in a series, with future titles aiming at taking Trevor Duncan to different parts of the world so that he can see and learn about the specific challenges that each continent faces when it comes to environmental protection and intervention, including endangered species, climate problems and more.
The Ocean Calls has yet to launch, but if the following excerpt taken from the Trevor’s Eco Education website is anything to go by, it sounds really engaging:
A gruff voice sounded next to him. “Trevor, you said ouch. You okay?”
The boy turned, but saw only Stray gazing at him in concern. Trevor shook his head. “That’s funny, I thought you actually talked, Stray. Wow, maybe I’m listening to birds too hard.”
“I did talk. I asked if you were okay. That was a funny looking bug, huh?”
Trevor stared at the dog, his jaw agape, unable to make a sound. The boy sank to his knees, gripped the ruff of Stray’s neck with both hands, and looked into his eyes. “Did you just … what am I, crazy? No, it couldn’t be.”
“Wow, I can understand you really well now! Can you understand me too? That’s fantastic! Boy, do I have a lot to tell you.”
Trevor stroked his dog’s silky ears and buried his head in Stray’s furry neck. “You can talk! I can’t believe it.” The pulsing of his punctured arm caught Trevor’s attention. “It’s gotta have something to do with that weird green bug.”
The aim of all these books is to do exactly what the “weird green bug” does for Trevor and to raise a generation of young people who are not just aware of the problems the environment is facing, but people who want to help. While we’re waiting for the book’s release, you might want to find some existing titles to help engage children on a variety of the causes you care about.
If you’d like some reading suggestions, you can check out our collection of reading lists which includes a brilliant education section, or take a look at our dedicated reading list for kids.
Photo credit: Image taken from Trevor's Travels: The Ocean Calls and used under Fair Use Terms.