Friday, August 19, 2022

Saving the Seas for the Purple and Green ~ Book Blog Tour Review & Giveaway!

A Story of Cleaning Up the Ocean 

Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7) / Science & Nature / Environment
Publisher: Sage Green Press
Pages:  34 pages
Release date: March, 2022

Content Rating: G. There is nothing even close to PG or R in this book, it is totally G

Book Description:
A young girl loves the tide pools that she sees on her runs by the ocean, but one day notices garbage amongst the colorful creatures she finds there. Along the beach she meets conservationists cleaning up the beach who educate her about the dangers that trash poses to ocean life. She decides to help also.
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"Saving the Seas for the Purple and Green gives children the hope of making a difference. Washed Ashore is honored to have our work highlighted." —Angela Hazeltine Pozzi, Founder of Washed Ashore

"A simple, relevant, and informative read that gives kids a positive outlook on what can be done to reduce our impact on the ocean."—Taylor Lane, Creator of the Cigarette Surfboard


Hall Ways Review: As an ocean-lover, I was initially drawn to this book by not only the title but the beautiful cover art with softly-colored starfish (or more appropriately named sea star) and surrounding sea anemones. Though I don't usually recommend opening a book to its widest, I do on this paperback so that you can see the full back and front cover spread. Author and illustrator Nancy Carlisle's art is at its best when depicting nature scenes, with the soft hues of the water contrasting the bolder colors of man-made elements. I'd buy a book of nothing but her nature illustrations. Lovely!

I was expecting a story about a young girl discovering how human habits affect ocean life, and that story is there. I was not expecting to learn so much about projects and resources available right now to make striking environmental changes (edible water capsules?!).  

Saving the Seas for the Purple and Green functions on two levels. First, there is the basic story of Violet paying attention and thinking through the alarming consequences of trash making its way to the ocean. Violet encounters people who are making a difference, and it inspires her to do the same. 

On a second level, the author includes disturbing facts and statistics about ocean trash. However, she counters these with amazing projects and textbook definitions for readers to feel hopeful -- and hopefully, helpful -- about changing the way they live and about everyone doing their part to save the planet.

Carlisle goes a step further by providing several resource pages at the end of the book that are actionable -- a "How Can You Help" section, glossary of terms, books and websites for learning more (The Cigarette Surfboard?), and the all-important reference page to show sources and back up the facts. (This last item in itself is a valuable tool to show children.) These back pages are what make this book an excellent resource for educators to use in the classroom. 

Because the concepts are a little complicated for the youngest readers, I  recommend Saving the Seas for the Purple and Green as a read-aloud or read-along story. I also recommend the adult pre-read, especially if reading to a group of kids, because there is a lot of information on the pages and the layout could disturb the reading flow. 

This isn't a book meant for quick or one-time reading. The illustrations will keep readers lingering over the pages, and the content will keep the conversations lively. 

Meet the Author:

Nancy Carlisle is an author and illustrator who writes hopeful books for kids that interweave facts and fiction about the environment and global responsibility. During her thirty-eight-year career as a sustainable architect and researcher, her focus was on the environment. She led work nationally and internationally on sustainable and energy efficient buildings and communities and won awards for collaboratively designing award-winning sustainable buildings, a laboratory campus, and improving the energy efficiency of U.S. laboratories. Since retiring, Nancy has worked as a volunteer teaching English as a Second Language and mentors first generation college students. She is a strong advocate against plastic waste not only because it pollutes our oceans and water but also because it contributes CO2 to our atmosphere.

Nancy enjoys the outdoors and international travel. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the Society of Environmental Journalists. She studies botanical illustrating and French language. 

connect with the author: website

Enter the Giveaway:
Win a signed copy of Saving the Seas for the Purple and Green: A Story of Cleaning Up the Ocean by Nancy Carlisle, plus $25 Amazon Gift Card!
(US only; ends September 9, 2022)

SAVING THE SEAS Book Tour Giveaway

Tour Schedule:
Aug 15 – Character Madness and Musings – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 15 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 16 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Aug 17 – Booking.with.janelle – book review / author interview
Aug 17 - Sandra's Book Club – book review / giveaway
Aug 18 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Aug 18 - She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 19 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Aug 19 - Hall Ways Blog – book review / giveaway
Aug 22 – Library Lady's Kid Lit – book review / author interview / giveaway
Aug 23 – Reading is My Passion – book review / giveaway
Aug 23 - My Reading Getaway – book review / author interview / giveaway
Aug 24 – FUONLYKNEW – book review / giveaway
Aug 24 - Triquetra Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 25 – Paws.Read.Repeat – book review / giveaway
Aug 26 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
Aug 26 - Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 29 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Aug 30 – Kam's Place – book review
Aug 30 - Captive Dreams Window – book review / giveaway
Aug 30 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 31 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 1 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Sep 1 - Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 2 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review / giveaway



  1. Really nice cover and excerpt, looking forward to reading this!

  2. Thank you for sharing your review of Saving the Seas for the Purple and Green, this sounds like an excellent book to share with my grandchildren and I am looking forward to reading the story with them

    1. Definitely a good one to spark conversations with the grandkids!

  3. Thank you Kristine for the nice comments on Saving the Seas and your post on bookbub. It meant a lot that you liked it and took the time to write a thoughtful review. I loved working on it. nancy

    1. You are most welcome, Nancy. Your illustrations reminded me of summers spent at Cannon Beach, OR.

  4. Saving the Seas for Purple and Green looks like a beautiful book to share with the grandkids! Thanks for sharing it with me!

    Thanks, Kristine, for sharing your review!

    Have a spectacular weekend!

    1. Definitely a great read-along with the grands! Thanks for visiting my blog.

  5. The cover looks very nice, this sounds like a good book