Although he finds himself floating in the ocean, Stanley is no ordinary jelly fish. As he travels through the water, Stanley meets many marine animals who mistake him for a tasty treat only to find that he is not. Fortunately, most of the creatures are able to spit him out again; however, one isn’t so lucky- until a young boy comes to the rescue!
The perfect story for encouraging children to think about the impact our plastic waste has on the environment, ‘Somebody Swallowed Stanley’ could be used with children of any age. Told in rhyme, the story follows Stanley as he is mistaken for a jellyfish and allows discussions about the dangers of digesting plastic. Each creature is identified through a series of clues, engaging younger children with guessing what it might be. As each creature tries to eat him, the language of the text has been carefully chosen to emphasise the impact Stanley has on each one, giving a very clear message, but the book offers a happy ending for all the creatures - and for Stanley too as he is recycled into a kite!
This is such a current topic in schools that the story is sure to encourage action and make everyone think about what happens to our plastic once we can no longer see it. The illustrations are wonderful with a deep indigo background in many spreads making Stanley and the wonderful marine life stand out, emphasising the beauty of the ocean. Stanley himself is full of personality; he is not portrayed as evil, but as being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
A very engaging story with an important environmental message, ‘Somebody Swallowed Stanley’ is perfect for starting discussions and raising awareness amongst our children.
Somebody Swallowed Stanley Sarah Roberts, illustrated by Hannah Peck
Scholastic ISBN: 978-1407195100