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Reviewed by Michelle Robertson for Readers' Favorite
For the Sake of Hugh the Manatee: Maddie and Hugh's Big Adventure is written by Pete Hodgson and Udo Wahn M.D. with artwork by Ron Croci. It is a creative and unique piece, written with imaginative characters and plot but conveys the reality of truth in the message. This is a story of adventure, excitement, and caring for humanity and the earth.
Maddie lives by a river and the sea and goes to school at a seaside learning center. When school is over, she goes down to the water in search of her favorite friend Hugh, who is a manatee. Hugh is not feeling himself so he and Maddie set out on an adventure back to the salt water of the ocean, hoping to find a cure for Hugh and what ails him. Using her Standup board, Maddie ventures with Hugh through the fresh water river to the ocean, only to find along the way that the once clear water has been polluted. With help from the other sea creatures, family, and friends, Maddie sets a goal to help clean up the ocean and the river environment so her sea and river friends can live in a healthy environment.
Pete Hodgson and Udo Wahn have done a fantastic job. The book pages themselves are beautifully laid out and displayed with colorful, vibrant pictures for children and adults of all ages to enjoy. This book is absolutely a treasured learning resource. The importance of the message within its pages is a great one; keep the water environments clean and safe for all who live in and around them.