Stuff! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Illustrator Steve Cox lives in England. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B007VG9MOQ
- Publisher : Two Lions (April 20, 2012)
- Publication date : April 20, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 8396 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Not Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 32 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #62,737 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In this book it's about a packrat that completely does not want to recycle. He just keeps packing more and more junk while the pile keeps getting bigger.
I really wanted to like this book but it seemed like it was going no where. The text seem to bore the kids too. But the illustrations in this book were full of color and told a story by themselves. they really brought the book to life. My kids loved to just look at the pictures.
The message of 'reduce, reuse, recycle' is there, though not as complete as you might hope. Pinch reduces his stuff in that he's selling it. The reuse is also recycling in this story, as the people who buy his stuff enjoy it much more than he ever did. There's no recycling of cans and paper or anything like that- nothing ecological. While I like that the writer shows others enjoying what was sold, since Pinch had so much stuff and never did anything with it, why not take it a little further? Stuff! is a garage sale book more than anything else when it comes down to it.
My daughter wasn't too interested in the book as I read it to her, until I started making observations in Pinch's stuff. Then she started laughing like crazy. Ok get this- so Pinch is a pack rat and can't let go of anything, right? He has tons of old magazines, toys, all that stuff. When he decides to sell, we see a lot of his things on display. You know what he has? Pink underwear, a nice lavender dress, and other similar things. Maybe Pinch just plain doesn't care and sticks to what he likes. I'm not putting down such things, but seeing a boy mouse owning a lavender dress was a discovery if there ever was one. This made me stop reading as my daughter and I started looking over all of what Pinch was selling to see what else we could find.
Stuff! isn't a bad book, just a bland one. It has nice illustrations, though characters have pretty generic designs, and isn't a lengthy read. On the plus side, it's a very cheap book. There are better books out there about recycling, though if you want another one to add to the library, this one will do.
Although I initially felt that the illustrations were very nice and the story ended well, my kids saw things differently. Some actions/motivations bothered my kids to the point that they had an aversion to the book. They felt that Pinch was mostly selfish and his neighbors pulled a "bait and switch" to fulfill their agenda towards the end.
This would have been a different book if the neighbors had decided beforehand to organize the tag sale for what they eventually spent their money on. Pinch would have been a more sympathetic character if he had decided to participate without seeking personal gain. His involvement would be seen by the reader as a selfless act rather than another form of greed.
The recycle portion was minimal. It would have been nice to follow Bumper and Heddy through collecting recyclables instead of one drawing/description.
Although the book is attractive and attempts to inspire children to reduce, reuse and recycle, it wasn't effective for our kids. They disliked the characters and in turn, this turned them off to receiving the message.