Monday, 8 December 2014
Review: SeaBEAN [SeaBEAN #1] by Sarah Holding
When I was first approached to read this series I will admit to not really knowing anything about it. After some investigation I quickly replied accepting the first book in the series. SeaBEAN was a quick read only being about 130 pages long without the acknowledgments and notes at the back of the book. One thing that is great about this series is that each cover is heat sensitive, and with the help of a radiator I could change the covers to a clearer picture, however this also led to the book being passed around at dinner time for work colleagues to try it instead of me reading it.
SeaBEAN tells the story of the arrival of a mysterious box which allows the students of St Kilda to travel around the world, with visits to New York, a rainforest, China, and Australia, where they pick up stray animals and endangered birds. The invention of this box, a travelling classroom is a genius idea that allows interaction from the children, gives them facts, and I'm guessing the cover mimics what the box can do. During their travels, the students get to witness first hand the effects of gold mining and how it changes the earth, how toxic chemicals are used for this, and how harmful they are for the earth, for the animals, and also the plants in the vicinity.
SeaBEAN is an enjoyable read for younger children that deals with environmental issues and the impact that certain operations have on the earth in a simple yet understandable way for them to easily take it all on board.