Text and photographs describe easy ways to reuse items and why it is 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, this title explains that garbage we throw away daily is quickly filling up our landfills. As Beth and Max demonstrate ways to reuse items like plastic tubs, yogurt cups, and milk cartons, students are challenged to think of creative ways to transform paper bags and plastic containers. Kim's family chooses a good-quality backpack she can use for a long time; Maria passes on outgrown toys to others. Final advice to readers: "Reusing items makes less garbage. Less garbage keeps the 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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