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With a twinkle in your eye and a song in your heart, always remember to do your part! RECYCLE!
on July 19, 2009
Charlie's little sister Lola decided she was going to get rid of all her junk and had an armful to throw in a box. She was going to clean up all those old "things" that were cluttering up her room. Lola got the idea when they went over to Marv's house and were "dared" to go into his brother Marty's disgusting, "complete pigsty." When they took a peek inside they not only were hit with a yucky, stinky smell, but were yelled at on top of it all. "Get out of my room! ... NOW! Not a problem. They ran like crazy because no one wants to be around a barfy place like that!
Lola was going to throw everything out, but Charlie suggested she recycle it. "Bicycle it?" Nah, recycle. He told her about the process and said, "if we don't use things again, in the end we will just run out of everything." Lola read about a contest. If the school collected "a hundred of each thing" like tin cans, plastic and paper they would win a tree to plant. She unfolded the paper "tree counter." Charlie told her that "Every time you collect something to recycle you can stick a lead onto a branch." When the tree was full they would get a REAL tree to plant. The tree counter was almost complete, but needed a few more leaves. Now where to you think they found more junk for their collection? Pee yew!
This is a simple book with a powerful message on the importance of environmental responsibility. The mixed media art work includes a stunning page with the wide-eyed children standing at the bottom of a mound of garbage bags 'n junk. The comic characters may not appeal to all, but the story line is clever, clear and important. This would be an excellent book to read in a homeschool or classroom setting and actually carry out the project and set up a "tree counter." And, as it says on the bookplate in the book I'm reading, "With a twinkle in your eye and a song in your heart, always remember to do your part!"