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From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4-- An eminently readable and well-organized offering that's filled with information. Gibbons's cartoons in primary shapes and colors graphically illustrate the contents of a landfill and how to recycle various products to cut down on the need for landfills--for which space is already in short supply. Discussing paper, plastic, glass, cans, and polystyrene, the author describes how to recycle, why it's necessary, and its benefits. The top two-thirds of each page is devoted to illustrations that perfectly complement the brief text below. The book ends with a mention of the ozone layer and the limited potential for recycling polystyrene, followed by 14 facts about garbage. The plea is to make our planet a safer and healthier place to live with a habit that is fun and easy--recycling. An excellent, functional introduction. --Carole B. Kirkpatrick, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Bright pen-and-wash illustrations show children collecting and separating recyclable paper, glass, cans, and plastic and taking them to deposit points or putting them out for pickup. Gibbons urges elimination of non-biodegradable polystyrene products, which release dangerous CFCs when burned, and shows a sanitary landfill and recycling plants where materials are crushed, melted, and reformed into useful products. The captioned panels and running text stress the need for reducing waste and saving natural resources. There are two pages of arresting statistics: ``Forty- three thousand tons of food is thrown out in the United States each day''; ``Fourteen billion pounds of trash is dumped into the ocean every year.'' A concluding page lists things kids can do to make a difference. Printed on recycled paper. Attractive and timely, an excellent introduction. (Nonfiction. 4-10) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 840 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (April 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316309435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316309431
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. Sheppard on March 21, 2006
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This is an amazing book. It covers the major groups of recyclables. It shares facts, tells children how to prepare each item to recycle, and gives a comprehendable description of how they are made into new products. At the end it even gives children ideas of how they can help.
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As a teacher, I bought this for my class to read. It was a great book to add to my recycling unit! I would recommend for anyone who has children interested in recycling! Gail Gibbons books are always great!
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This is an excellent book about recycling. If I had to read only one book to kids about recycling, this is the one I would choose. It is fun and has great pictures that really help you visualize the details of recycling. It is packed with information that is presented in a manner that makes it entertaining and easy to digest. Kindergarten and up will understand it, but for the younger kids, you will need to read just a few pages at a time, while discussing what you've read.
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I bought this book to help me put on a presentation on recycling to a cub scout den. Age group- first grade. I loved the book! I found it very informative and motivating. It touched on all the highlights of recycling. Even included info on landfills. It was presented in a format that a child could easily understand. I read it to my son. He didn't complain, but he loves books, and it really doesn't matter what you read to him.

The day came for my presentation. As soon as I started reading the book to the den, I saw the look of boredom across all their faces (There were 6 of them). I think had they been at least in the third grade, it would have gone much better.
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I paid $6 for this book in order to use it for a lesson in connection with Earth Day. When the book arrived many of the pages were stuck together. I attempted to salvage what I could but the last 2 pages of the book are unreadable as parts of one page stuck to the opposite page (covering the words).
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This book is full of facts and figures to demonstrate just how damaging some of the products we use every day can be to our environment. The information regarding the biodegradability of every day products will really make a person think about what they use and how they dispose of it.
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While this book isn't the best I've found, it does have information a lot of other books don't have. It's a little hard for some younger learners to read as it has words like "bauxite" and "silica" but gives a pretty good background on renewable and non-renewable resources that go into your everyday products (glass, metal, paper, etc). The illustrations might be the best part of the book - as an informal educator with a non-profit organization, I mostly use this book for the pictures.
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