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The Adventures of an Aluminum Can: A Story About Recycling (Little Green Books) Paperback – May 5, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Series: Little Green Books
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Little Simon (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416972218
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416972211
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 7.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alison Inches has written over 80 books for children, including a bestseller, Go to Bed, Fred! She is also the author In the Kitchen with Miss Piggy, The Candy Bar Cookbook: Baking with America's Favorite Candy and Designs and Doodles: A Muppet Sketchbook. Alison lives in California with her husband, Ric and their son, Hunter.

Mark Chambers has illustrated numerous international books and products. He graduated from the Lincoln School of Art and Design in the United Kingdom. Mark currently lives and works in London, England.

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Simple text, very cute pictures.
Eric A. Hofstetter
I recommend this book for 4-7 year old as a read aloud book.
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It's a good book for children and they learn something too!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Basil MacDougal on May 21, 2009
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I read The Adventures of Aluminum Can to a 5 year old boy. He was clearly uninterested. I loaned the book to two 8 year olds to read and they said it was a little dull.

Personally, I found the illustrations to be well done. The story, however, was a little troubling. You have a piece of animated aluminum, the main character...with no name. The author wants the reader to connect with the aluminum on a personal level, but that is hard to do since it doesn't even have a name.

The aluminum has made some diary entries (somehow) and this is how we follow his tale. Once extracted from the earth he eventually becomes a sheet of aluminum and then made into a fruit can. A girl (with no name) eats the fruit and then uses the can as a trophy for her baseball. He is so happy being a part of this little girl's life. Turn the page, and he is now in the back of an old truck headed to a sorting plant and then to a recycling plant. There, he is "shredded...melted."

He is made into another item. I don't want to spoil the ending, but let's just say that he is happy still. He is taken-in by another child where he hopes he "...don't get recycled for a long time."

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nia VINE VOICE on April 23, 2009
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Being about recycling and being made frm 100% recycled paper makes this quite the "Green" book. I actually learned something from the book, which I wasn't expecting. I didn't not know aluminum was made from bauxite rock or the process and chemicals required to make it what it is. It would be great book to use in a lesson on Earth Day. The illustrator did a great job on the fun, colorful picutres.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laurie VINE VOICE on June 21, 2009
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I've been giving this book rave reviews to all of my friends and family with young children. The pictures are bright and guaranteed grab the attention of youngsters, while teaching the importance of and the steps taken in recycling aluminum, using terms that are not difficult for children to understand. Every household with young children should have a copy of this book!
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I read this book to my 6 and 2 year old as soon as I received it... I was pretty excited about the concept. The first thing I noticed about it was that it is printed on recycled paper, which is only appropriate.

The kids liked the book a lot, and it was lots of good information, but I think it's truly more appropriate as a classroom book then as a book to read to kids at home.

The book is told from the point of view of aluminum -- starting from a speck of alumina in the ground, onto its various forms during processing, and onto a can for fruit salad, before being again recycled into a baseball bat.

The cutest element of the story is how the can liked baseball when exposed to it as a fruit can, and the sweet irony of "reincarnation" as a bat. There are lots of cute little details that really do give the aluminum some personality, which is why, I think, my older daughter was attracted to it.

The thing that I didn't love as much was that the diary format, with many little sidenotes, make it hard to read in a flowing way. It's a great book for elementary-aged kids who can read on their own and explore the pages, I think. For a parent to read to a child, it's a little awkward, unless you are the type of parent that gets really into doing voices (I'm not).

The other thing that struck me oddly, is that for being an environmental group, it glosses over a bit the negative environmental impact of all the steps it describes in the processing (for example, the chemical baths, it describes). The ants that crawl on the can after the fruit salad "tickle" but the caustic chemical bath -- nothing.
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This story is told from the perspective of an aluminum can, from the very beginning stages of being mined as alumina, through two cycles of its life. The book itself is made from 100% recycled material, which is to be expected but still a nice touch.

The storytelling is creative, and the artwork fits perfectly. The story is written by Alison Inches, and illustrations are by Mark Chambers.

The aluminum can writes to her diary about her day-to-day adventures of her exciting life. Her first use is as a can for fruit. The story about how a little girl chooses her, the can itself, is pretty cute. There is a baseball game, and a game winning home run, so that makes it even more fun! The can's second incarnation is as an aluminum baseball bat. Again, more baseball references, love it! At the end there is a glossary defining the new words and terms used in the book. It is very helpful.

This book would be enjoyable by both boys and girls. I think it would be fun for pre-readers on up to 2nd graders. There are also mentions of websites the kids can visit to learn more about reusing and recycling. This book can be useful year round, not just for Earth Day.
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Sort of like a Schoolhouse Rock episode for the green set, Adventures of an Aluminum Can is an educational tale focusing on recycling. The anthropomorphic title character explains how aluminum is mined, produced, recycled, and (for lack of a better term) reincarnated, all with a not-so-subtle encouragement for readers to recycle.

While I admire author Alison Inches' intent, I just don't think the books is that effective. The main reason is that while the story's concept is relatively complex, Mark Chambers' artwork is decidedly cartoonish. The story would probably appeal to older children, but the artwork is targeted towards the very young. My son is almost 4 and he enjoyed the artwork but (very) quickly lost interest in the story.

I'm not crazy about the paper quality either. I think it's admirable that the book was printed on recycled paper, but this feels almost like a coloring book or cheap magazine, and that's not a good thing when your target audience is notoriously rough on books.

I'll give Inches and Chambers credit for their conviction, but The Adventures of an Aluminum Can seems like a missed opportunity than an entertaining educational product.
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