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Tom the Turtle sees a plastic bag floating in the ocean, and promptly eats it, mistaking it for a yummy jellyfish. The next day, James, who threw the bag into the ocean, returns to the beach to find little Tom in need of help. James saves the turtle by pulling the plastic bag gently from his mouth. Realization dawns on the boy, and he pledges to raise awareness about marine conservation. This children’s book, The Tale of Tom The Turtle, is beautifully written and illustrated by ASHK third grader, Brian King Lun Kan, who hopes to spread ecological awareness and teach everyone about caring for our environment. “I felt sad when I learned about how people nowadays keep damaging the environment; I wish to remind everyone that we should do something to protect the environment for our future!” says Brian, who painstakingly illustrated the entire book with his drawings. “First I needed to picture all the parts of my story in my mind, and then I started to sketch the story board. After deciding how many pictures I needed to draw, I started to draft the main character. When all the drafts had been done, I had to re-sketch and enlarge them all on the big pieces of art paper one by one with my pencil. Next, I had to paint them and the final step was to outline the illustrations.” Brian has dedicated all the proceeds from the Hong Kong sales of his book to Greenpeace, to assist them with their conservation efforts. Well done, Brian, we’re proud of you!