Foamy and Leafy is a kids’ book about the plastic in the North Pacific Gyre. This review is a guest post by plastic-free blogger, Linda Anderson, who blogs at Citizen Green http://tippecanoegreen.blogspot.com. She’s filling in for me today while my eyes heal. Please stop by her blog and leave comments or suggestions.
Several months ago I was surfing the web to find children’s literature about the issue of plastic debris in the ocean and I came across this comic book called, The True Adventures of Foamy and Leafy. Foamy and Leafy are two pieces of colorful plastic foam that were glued to a Halloween pumpkin by a child. The pumpkin rotted and decayed, but the pieces of plastic, being very non-degradable, blew away with the wind.
Foamy blew into a small creek and eventually ended up in the Atlantic Ocean. She actually floats through the Panama Canal and ends up in the Pacific Ocean. Leafy blew away and got stuck to a truck tire. The tire eventually ended up in Long Beach Harbor in a pile of old tires that was supposed to keep the ocean waves from eroding the beach. Leafy and Foamy actually find each other in the North Pacific Gyre. This is where they float and circulate slowly for many, many years. They meet all sorts of other plastic items like bag ties, Barts (Simpson), hotel shampoos, bath toys, and yoga mats. You name the plastic item – it’s out there. The sun and the wave action begin to fade and harden the our foam friends and, of course, they begin to break apart.
You need to read it yourself to find out what else happens to Foamy and Leafy. The comic book format is a fun and engaging way to interest kids in the issue of the plastic debris that is choking all of our oceans. If a piece of plastic has a life of 500 years and a human generation is 35 years (according to my geneticist husband) then that piece of plastic will be there for 14 generations – for your great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, grand children.
Obviously we must educate our children about this issue and they will need to educate their children. The back cover of this comic book has lots of information and great suggestions for kids. It’s up to us, the adults, to help kids avoid disposable plastic and to teach them to care for the planet.
The True Adventures of Foamy and Leafy is written and illustrated by Pete Friedrich and published by Paved Planet.