In his second adventure, Little Hector takes on a huge challenge - fishing nets and plastic rubbish are endangering his beautiful bay. The situation seems impossible when, suddenly, the tiny dolphin has a big idea...
Little Hector schemes to stop his bay being spoiled with bottles, bags, and dangerous tangling nets in this sparkling sequel to Little Hector and the Big Blue Whale
Little Hector’s games with his friends keep getting spoilt. When it’s not by dangling, tangling fishing nets, it’s by a mess of plastic trash. He wants to make the bay safe for all the marine creatures to play in again — but how will one little dolphin tackle such a BIG problem?
Find out what we can all do to help keep our coastal waters beautiful and safe for Little Hector and his friends in this delightful sequel to Little Hector and the Big Blue Whale by Ruth Paul, the award-winning author of I am Jellyfish.
“How do we tell young children about the dangers of environmental degradation without scaring them silly? Ruth Paul, 2019 Arts Foundation laureate, has done it with drawings so lively they just about bounce off the page and a story about a dolphin named Little Hector who likes nothing better than to frolic with her ocean friends. It’s Little Hector’s second outing and this time, she’s tackling ocean pollution. While it may be a big problem, Paul’s story shows that small steps make the difference and young readers are given the chance to learn how they can help Little Hector clean up.”
Dionne Christian and Zoe Gadd, Weekend Herald
“A powerful message that enables children to feel hope about the future and also feel they can do something to make positive changes...Kids are bound to feel inspired by Little Hector and want to do their bit to help clean up their local river or beach.”
Maria Gill, Kids Books NZ
“[It was] popular with the young children who I read to, who have a lot of knowledge about the danger of plastic and rubbish in the water and who shared this knowledge while reading the story. What I also enjoyed was the overarching message that despite Hector being a small dolphin was that he was encouraged to think of ideas to solve this overwhelming issue and that by teaming up with others together they could make a difference. A great book to open up discussion and share knowledge about the litter in our oceans, and how we can make a difference.”
Swings and Roundabouts
“If you’re wanting to raise kids who not only care about the world in which they live but have some kind of kid friendly idea of what one problem is and what they could do to help, then [...] Little Hector and the Big Idea will be the perfect conversation starter!”
Ronnie Swainston, Kidspot
“I invited Coby my four-year-old neighbour over to share Little Hector and the Big Idea. His eyes lit up when he saw the cover as I had read him a previous Little Hector adventure story. He recognised and enjoyed naming all the colourful illustrations of different sea creatures and listened attentively.”
Lyn Potter, Grownups.co.nz