Happy Friday, and welcome to the first installment of a new monthly feature here where we review Children’s books.
Captain McFinn was once one of the biggest bullies on Sand Dusty Reef, but when he meets the Undersea Friends, he learns that being a friend is always better than being a bully. Come along with Captain McFinn and Friends and see how McFinn, the bully, became Captain McFinn the leader and protector of Sand Dusty Reef.
When a group of friendly fish find a shipwreck and decide to make it into a clubhouse, three mean fish lead by “The Meanest One of Them All”–a reef shark named McFinn–get jealous and build a clubhouse of their own out of garbage instead of making friends with the other fish. But once they bullies see how much fun the nice, friendly fish are having decorating their space, they decide to stop picking on each other and turn their negative attention on the innocent fish looking for a few shells to spruce up their shipwreck. And that’s when you see what all of the fish–both good and bad–are really made of, and who will stick with you through thick and thin.
The Legend of Captain McFinn and Friends follows the transformation of the shark McFinn from nasty bully with no real friends, just other mean fish who are scared of him hanging around, to an ocean dweller that knows what true friendship is. This story teaches kids about treating others with respect and kindness while working together towards a goal. The main message of this book is very anti-bullying, and that is something that needs to be reinforced in this day and age, to children of all ages (and a lot of adults too!).
Captain McFinn and Friends go on an adventure of discovery when they stumble upon a new ocean paradise where they meet their newest friend, Princess Coral Rose–The Princess Between the TIdes
In Captain McFinn and Friends Meet Coral Rose, the Undersea Friends encounter the destruction of coral reefs and the plundering of helpless fish by humans. When they find a treasure chest in their abandoned shipwreck clubhouse, the friends find a pink key that opens a magical doorway leading them to a coral reef. Once they swim through the doorway, they meet a beautiful girl whose sole task is to heal and protect the reefs and fish around the world. Using some quick thinking, McFinn is able to scare off some humans who are destroying the reef and taking fish using plastic bags.
The main message of this installment is the conservation of the ocean’s ecosystem and how we, as humans, are often doing more to hurt the oceans than to help them.
This CD features 14 songs that are great for kids to sing along to while still being great entertainment for parents too.
The mission of the Captain McFinn series is as follows from their website.
Once the biggest bully on Sand Dusty reef, McFinn, a blacktip reef shark, renounced his bullying ways when the Undersea Friends showed him the virtues of helping and caring for others. The vision of Captain McFinn and Friends is to inspire children to make a difference by doing their very best. Each adventure will show that by working together and taking responsibility for our actions and our environment, we can make the world a better place to live in, one child (and fish) at a time.
And I couldn’t agree more with this statement!
The Captain McFinn series is great for a broad age range of young children. My son is three years old, and he really enjoyed sitting down and reading the books with me. The illustrations are very colorful and vivid, with the undersea creatures drawn very realistically without being too scary for young children. My son is going through a phase right now where he wants to watch the movie Finding Nemo a lot, so this series couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. He gets to learn about bullying before he starts preschool while learning more about fish, which he adores right now.
There is a handy illustrated glossary at the beginning of each book, naming each of the characters for easy reference. I really love “Fun Finn Facts” page at the end of each book, which gives more information on the fish, flora, and fauna that were touched on in the book. I highly recommend these books to anyone who has pre-K to younger-grade school aged kids because they will hold their interest while teaching them valuable lessons about bullying, friendship, and saving the environment.
**Copies of the books and CD provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**