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Children's LiteratureThe students from the Maple Street School Save-the-Planet Club were cleaning up Gilroy Park on Earth Day when they realized that if they took the cans to the recycling center they could use the money to purchase flowers for the entrance to the park. They bagged the cans but the park trash collector inadvertently took them to the dump. The students enlisted the entire school and the community and eventually had enough cans to purchase the flowers. This Level 3 book on "place value" is part of the "Math Start" series. By using the idea of bags containing ten cans, a hundred cans, and a thousand cans, the reader can visually see how numbers are formed. Scattered throughout the book are mini facts about recycling, such as, " In 1999, recycling and composting kept about 64,000,000,000 ((64 billion) tons of trash from ending up in landfills or being burned." The cartoon-style illustrations provide a touch of levity to the math topic. 2004, HarperCollins, Ages 7 to 9.