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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
My year 2 son (aged 6 3/4) is doing a recycling topic at school, so we bought a few books to read at home on the subject. This is superb. It follows the story of an aluminium can (unfortunately spelled ALUMINUM in the American way), from the aluminium being mined, through processing and manufacture as a can, being filled with fruit, used, re-used as a baseball trophy (!), and then the process of recycling, ending up as a baseball bat!

It is very easy to read, with a glossary of terms at the back; most 6-7 year old Key Stage 1 children will have no trouble reading it. The story is told in diary format by the (very excited) can, and as such is entertaining as well as informative. It is great for older children too, and I found I also learned a lot (at 30-something). The cartoony illustrations are clear, appealing and detailed.

Aside from the heavily American style to the story, this is a great little book, and printed on 100% recycled paper, with vegetable inks, thus practising what it preaches. My son loved it and couldn't wait to take it to school to share with his class. We are of course now recycling with renewed enthusiasm, monitored all the time by our eagle-eyed little dictator!

I also recommend the Adventures of a Plastic Bottle, in the same series.The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle: A Story about Recycling (Little Green Books)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 October 2012
I used this book in the classroom for a topic about the environment and recycling, it went down really well! I have used with children in Year 2 and Year 4/5, both enjoyed the book, used in slightly different ways.

I would recommend for any topic about recycling or showing where the raw materials actually come from.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 9 October 2010
I bought this book for my 5 year old son to teach him about the importance of recycling and why we do recycle. First of all I think it is important to mention that it is in american English which, I have to say, my son does not understand. But more to the point, I felt the message was a bit confusing. It does not tackle the importance of changing our ways and simply made recycling a happy-clappy process. On the opening page you can read 'The bulldozers got rid of all the trees, grass and rocks...' as if that was not a problem in itself!
I really feel the real issue is avoided: the way we consume and the impact it has on the environment. I would certainly not recommend this book to anyone.
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on 4 October 2014
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