Text and photographs describe ways for children to reduce the amount of garbage they produce, and why it's important to do so.
Children's Literature - Barbara L. TalcroftHere's another social studies series for the youngest learnersthis one, called "Caring for the Earth," intends to introduce early readers to the concepts of conservation and recycling. Each slim, square book starts with a statement of the problem and then offers two short chapters with ideas that kids can use to help solve it. With simple sentences on the right-hand pages and a large-scale color photo on the left (as well as an intriguing cover photo of French garbage), this title explains that people generate too much trash and many landfills are getting full. Andy, Jake, Missy, and Emma demonstrate ways to reduce throw-aways, such as buying toys without packaging, using washable plates rather than paper ones, and choosing one large item over many small wrapped packs. Final advice to readers: "We can work together to take good care of the Earth. Let's reduce our garbage to keep Earth healthy!" While the color photos are cheerily bright and attempt to draw in viewers by using children as models, the brief text makes rather obvious suggestions (some depending on the cooperation or decisions of parents) that many teachers already incorporate in their lessons. Still, building values begins with creating awarenessthese small books can be used as introductions to units or as starters for discussion; they could also form a classroom library for kids to read on their own. Included for more advanced readers are a glossary, a short bibliography, a Facthound code for Web sites (very limited), and an index.
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