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The Tale of a Toothbrush

Authored by M.G. Leonard
Illustrated by Daniel Rieley
Published by Walker Books

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The Tale of a Toothbrush is a magical story that looks at a real pressing ecological issue.

M.G. Leonard’s tale follows the adventure of a much-loved child’s toothbrush. Sofia is distraught when her mother decides to replace ‘Sammy’ her worn-out toothbrush, and he feels the same way. Discarded in the bin, he finds himself whisked away to a faraway rubbish dump, wondering what to do next. The determined brush travels over land and sea trying to get back to her. Delightfully illustrated by Daniel Riley, it warms the heart while raising awareness.

An excellent text that deals with the issue of plastic pollution in a way that is accessible for all. At the back of the book, there is a section about the problems we face using plastic and what we can do to improve things. This story would appeal to all age ranges.

The Tale of a Toothbrush would be an ideal addition to any class or school library. It supports the topics ‘materials’ and ‘the environment’ in science. Fruitful discussions in Philosophy for Children sessions would give children an opportunity to unpick various themes in the book.

Another title reviewed here with a similar theme for this age group is Karen Swann’s The Tale of the Whale.