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How a Boat Made from Flip-Flops Is Helping to Save the Ocean


How a Boat Made from Flip-Flops Is Helping to Save the Ocean

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Juma is excited to go fishing with his grandfather, Babu Ali. But when they get to the beach, they find the sand covered in plastic pollution--flip-flops, plastic straws, toothbrushes, bottles, and shopping bags. One of the flip-flops floating in on a wave looks like a boat. That gives Juma and Babu Ali an idea.

Based on the true story of the Kenyan dhow boat Flipflopi, this inspirational tale demonstrates how innovation, art, and determination can transform plastic pollution into something useful. In 2017, 30,000 flip-flops and other plastic waste items, all collected from the Kenyan coast, were melted, shaped, and carved into the dhow named Flipflopi. Weighing in at 7 tons, this boat is a testament to what can happen when awareness is turned into action.

A Children's Africana Book Award 2024 Honor Picture Book

Included in the Spirituality & Practice Best Spiritual Children's Books of 2023 List


"Flipflopi is an account of many things: inspiration, collaboration, and ingenuity, as well as the dire need for humans (particularly those who use the most plastic) to reduce the harm we do to the environment when we throw plastic away. A useful and timely supplement to a social studies or science curriculum."


"Flip-flops and other plastic debris form the sailboat that stars in this real-life story from Ravin Lodding and Pabari, about a Kenyan coastal community's response to ocean trash. . . . Concluding pictures show the vessel, christened Flipflopi, taking a maiden voyage after a brilliant sunrise--an uplifting symbol of the awakening featured."

Publishers Weekly

Product Info

  • Format Hardcover
  • ISBN 9781506486406
  • eBook ISBN 9781506486413
  • Age Early Grades (5-8 years)
  • Dimensions 8.75 x 10.25
  • Pages 40
  • Publication Date March 14, 2023