Protector of the Deeps
"This is an uplifting story about a little Black girl who imagines that she is a mermaid and the ultimate protector of the deep. During a beach day with her mother, Kenzie notices everything about the beach and water, from caves and waves to tide pools and lantern fish that light up the water. As she snorkels past sea creatures, she is distressed to find more plastic than fish in the water. Feeling the urgency to keep the beach clean, sheannounces that it's "Beach Do-Up Day" and walks the shore collecting litter.
Poetic writing is accompanied by bright illustrations that are welcoming and reflect Kenzie's sense of wonder. Children who have spent time at the beach will identify with many of Kenzie's experiences, while teachers will appreciate the book's STEM connections, perfect for lessons on recycling or Earth Day storytimes. Pair this with books such as Carole Lindstrom's We Are Water Protectors (2020), Tony Hillery's Harlem Grown (2020), and Mélina Mangal's Jayden's Impossible Garden (2021)."