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Monday, January 26, 2015

My Grandpa and the Sea

My Grandpa and the Sea by Katherine Orr (Carolrhoda, 1990).  This is a beautiful book about a little girl in St. Lucia and her grandpa who is a fisherman.  When the big fishing boats deplete his source of fish, he decides to come up with a way to farm sea moss.  Not only is it a beautifully illustrated book about a loving family, but it teaches environmental conservation.

For those who don't know, sea moss (also called Irish moss) is used to make drinks in the Caribbean.  I haven't tried it yet, but I've always been curious.  It's available bottled at many Caribbean groceries and restaurants, but you can make your own with this recipe.

If you're interested in learning more about sea moss farms, I found this video about a sea moss cultivation project in St. Andrew, Grenada. It's a very interesting process.  

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