Sunday, September 26, 2021

Kobee Manatee


Kobee Manatee: Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard is fourth in the award-winning Kobee Manatee series.  In this latest book Kobee and his friends embark on another adventure to help his cousin clean up plastic trash littering the area around his aquatic cafĂ©.  Just before arriving there, they have a close call at the Great Blue Hole, an undersea cave near Belize.


This engaging story includes some rich vocabulary throughout to talk about.  The Fun Facts sidebars on nearly every page give interesting information related to the events in the story.  The story gives a simple presentation of the environmental consequences of climate change on coral reefs and how plastic pollution impacts marine animals.  Teachers will find this a nice resource for their ocean units.


Climate Change and The Great Blue Hole Hazard presents opportunity for learning about geography as Kobee and his friends travel from the island of Grand Cayman to the country of Belize.  Readers can learn about land forms, like island, isthmus, and barrier reef.  Elementary students will enjoy listening to or reading this story, and adults will enjoy it as well.


Author Robert Scott Thayer was inspired to write the Kobee Manatee stories from a long-time love of manatees, sea life, and weather.  He also writes songs for children, including "Kobee's Song."  He makes his home in Pennsylvania.


Lauren Gallegos is the award-winning illustrator of this book.  The blues of the underwater scenes and the brightly colored characters set off the story perfectly.  She lives in California with her husband and two children.




  1. At the rate at which the climate is changing, the kids may not have anything left.

  2. Calla, between that and the mounting ocean trash problem, the ocean's future is bleak.