Tag: Environment

The Last Straw | Book Review

The Last Straw is a creative and thoughtful story on the impact our actions can have on our environment. A must read for children between four and eight years of age.” – Momma Braga


Sippy, a plastic straw who was used once and then discarded, is concerned about his own existence when he realizes he can’t be recycled. As he flies, floats, and flutters around the planet, he meets animals who are struggling with the plastic problem. He chats with a raccoon with a six-pack ring around his neck, a cardinal whose nest is made entirely of junk, turtles who confuse grocery bags with food, a hermit crab forced to live in a plastic cup, and a startled duck who runs around with a chip bag on her head. Finally, Sippy is swallowed by a hungry whale who is dining on ocean trash! Just when all hope seems lost, he skyrockets to freedom and calls out “Join me – let’s clean our world! Let’s try!”


The Last Straw is a creative and thoughtful story on the impact our actions can have on our environment. Follow along with Sippy on his journey as he discovers other single-use plastics and the danger that these plastics can have on our environment and the animals that live in it too. Sippy becomes very determined that we can work together to clean our world.

“Parents and teachers of children 4 to 8 years old can use Sippy’s colorful adventure – based on real instances of plastics and animals in our environment – to raise awareness about the impacts of plastics on nature and to teach children about alternatives to single-use plastics.”

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give this 5 stars out of 5! An amazing children’s book to help see what the single-use plastics can do and how we can do better together for our environment. We loved the end where it shows what we can do to help and alternatives to using single-use plastics.

If you would like to add this book to your reading line up, click here. You can pre-order before it goes on sale on January 5, 2021.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*Please note that this book was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own. Please note that we do not make book commissions off of book sales.

A Mermaid Called Marissa

This week a new book landed on our list that introduces young readers to the ocean in a new book called, A Mermaid Called Marissa. This book is written and illustrated by Georgie Cornwell.

A Mermaid Called Marissa engages young readers to explore the sea through a mermaid’s eyes by the name of Marissa. The adventure begins with a game of hide and seek and Marissa ends up wandering away far from home. She ends up lost in a sea tunnel that she was warned about previously by Merrick, a wise old merman. Marissa gets captivated by a glittering starfish and ends up going into the tunnel. By adventuring into the tunnel she meets new friends and learns about the amazing things her new friends do to keep the ocean clean from the garbage that is thrown in it.

The message from this story is a great one as it shows how littering the ocean, in this case, can be damaging to the beautiful creatures that live in it. “The aim of my story is not just to entertain but also to educate children using subtle approaches,” said Cornwell. “My hope is that through this approach children will start asking their own questions about the effects waste has on the environment.” What a great message to send to the future leaders of our world!

The illustrations reflect and capture the beautiful ocean and creatures that live in it. Each page brought the artwork to life and it is beautifully done.

This book is a great read for young children five to nine years of age and especially perfect for a young reader with a love of the ocean and mermaids.


To purchase this lovely book visit, http://www.amazon.com/Mermaid-Called-Marissa-Georgie-Cornwell/dp/1514463768.

– Momma Braga