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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: 8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,680 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. Sapiens on April 30, 2009
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This book is one in a series targeted towards young (4-8) children and green living propaganda style. This book chronicles the transformation of a speck of aluminum into a glorious can of fruit (had to get the "snack healthy!" in there), an ant-riddled can, to a beautiful baseball bat in a very upbeat, first-person voice.

It is a bit overambitious for a group of 4's and a bit boring for the 8's, so I am going to say that this book is best for the kinder crowd. In simple, mainly accessible language we follow the can as it is prepared for being recycled and actually recycled. Most of the time we stress to kids they should use the green bins, but then tell them nothing of why or what it means. However, expect the can taking a "chemical bath" to get a few kids going. "What's that?" "Like a vat of acid?" Perhaps it could have been better explained.

Often in recycling programs, we forget about the reusing of items. Kids are pretty crafty little people, so I like the fact that the can briefly gets reused as a trophy stand. I deeply dislike the fact that the trophy stand/can is immediately covered in ants and mom makes her recycle the can. Perhaps the author could have thought this one out a little better. Used it for art? Used it for pens first? Or, she could have brought in the idea that first we must REDUCE - and had the healthy snack be served to the kids from a large warehouse sized can to the kids in reusable bowls.

So, this book did not hit the all 3 R's, and in all fairness it was meant to chronicle the process of recycling. In the meantime,
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