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For MCBD2022, I was gifted a wonderful middle-grade chapter book to review called Snorkel McCorkle and the Lost Flipper by Linda Rose Thornburg [ writer] and Katherine Archer [music and lyrics].
Snorkel McCorkle is an eco-adventure story that is perfect for middle-grade readers. After her mom disappears in a storm at sea, only 10-year-old eco-champion Snorkel McCorkle believes she is alive and drifting in the currents. When her own kayak is pulled out to sea in a storm, Snorkel’s pals, Matilda the Manatee, and Figaro the Opera-Singing Pelican rush to her aid.
During the trio’s time in open water, Snorkel learns first hand the dangers facing the creatures of the sea as they: find themselves in a gyre of plastic, rescue an endangered sea turtle trapped in a ghost net, encounter a Mama Right whale who thinks Snorkel is a whaler, and are overwhelmed by a pod of dolphins racing away from seismic testing.
When I asked Katherine what inspired the book and the unique title, this is what she had to say.
“My mother’s maiden name is McCorkle. Years ago a couple of friends nicknamed me Snorkel McCorkle and drew a funny caricature. That stuck in my brain for years, and as I was heavily involved with arts in education, the desire to weave a fun, inspiring, and informative story that touched upon all I value became stronger. So I wrote Snorkel McCorkle into being through song. I knew she needed some buddies so I fashioned Figaro and Matilda through song after real-life encounters I had. Both a pelican and manatee I encountered had injuries—Figaro, a bum leg, and Matilda, a missing flipper. This gave an opportunity to teach about the perils critters encounter due to man. Both of these critters were thriving in spite of handicaps in real life, so they were an inspiration- perfect role models for kids who have special needs to overcome great obstacles and thrive. ( I‘ve worked extensively with special needs kids)
When Linda Thornburg heard my songs she flipped out and said please let me write the book! We have very similar values so her storyline and writing expertise brought the book to life! One of our biggest goals was that this book meets STEM and STEAM curriculum standards.”
When I asked if this dynamic duo had any more books published or in the works, Katherine shared that Linda published a book called “The Cat Doesn’t Travel the Usual Path and has also written the script for “Snorkel McCorkle and the Lost Flipper” for a proposed animated movie.
This beautiful book can be purchased via their Etsy shop HERE.
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2022 (1/28/22) is in its 9th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those books into the hands of young readers and educators.
MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves. Read about our Mission & History HERE.
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Join us on Friday, Jan 29, 2021, at 9 pm EST for the 9th annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day Twitter Party! Be sure and follow MCBD and Make A Way Media on Twitter!
This epically fun and fast-paced hour includes multicultural book discussions, addressing timely issues, diverse book recommendations, & reading ideas.
We will be giving away an 8-Book Bundle every 5 minutes plus Bonus Prizes as well! *** US and Global participants welcome. **
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