Miller, Edward Recycling Day Holiday House, 2014. $16.99 PICTURE BOOK/NON-FICTION
A little vacant lot in between city buildings is host to a crew
of bugs that have made their home in the garbage that people keep littering or
dumping there. When things get really bad, a crew of rats move in and make life
miserable. Then one day a group of kids host a recycling cleanup of the lot. As
each insect loses their ‘home’, like the ants that live in a glass bottle, the
child explains how that item is going to be recycled, with a side bar of important
facts. When the lot is clean, the kids make it into a community garden and the
rats travel to their new home at the dump.
This was a fun, bright, succinct, and cheerful story with an
empowering message just for kids. This could be used with K-2 grade with its
weaving in of the bug home story. There is tons of little facts and information
without being too overwhelming. I am adding this to my collection without
delay, just in time for Earth Day!
EL(K-3) –ESSENTIAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.