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27.5.24

Charting New Waters: Monica Edwards Schachter’s Literary Journey to Ocean Conservation

I recently had the pleasure of diving into Monica Edwards Schachter's book, Guardians of the Sea. Monica, who shares a similar background with me as a Latina living in Europe, has crafted a narrative that's both a joy to read and a tool for learning. With her expertise in engineering and a PhD in education, she brings a thoughtful approach to a critical topic: ocean conservation.

Guardians of the Sea Monica Edwards Schachter


In Guardians of the Sea, we meet Kai and his grandmother Vanora, two mermaids exploring the challenges facing our oceans today. Through their adventures, Monica introduces young readers to the consequences of pollution in a way that's easy to understand and compelling. It’s not just a story; it’s a conversation starter about what we can do to make a difference.

What stands out in Monica’s book is her incorporation of the Kanban method, a simple yet effective organisational tool that helps children understand how to tackle projects—a skill that’s beneficial beyond the classroom. This method is woven into the story as Kai and Vanora plan their efforts to clean the ocean, making the educational content seamless and engaging.

Guardians of the Sea Monica Edwards Schachter

Monica’s book is proving to be a valuable resource in schools across Europe and among parents eager to introduce their children to environmental issues through a format that is both accessible and actionable. As a parent, I appreciate how *Guardians of the Sea* doesn't just share problems but also encourages young minds to think about solutions, fostering critical thinking from a very young age.

Reading *Guardians of the Sea* has been a refreshing reminder of how literature can open doors to important discussions at home. We should never shy away from introducing complex topics like climate change and pollution, as they are our reality. However, we do need engaging resources like this book to support us in our mission. I hope that the European Union, through initiatives like The Education for Climate Coalition, provides subsidies and support to relevant authors in this field like Monica Edwards Schachter.

For those interested in obtaining a copy of the book, here is the link to purchase it in English.


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