Plastic Bottle's Journey, A


Where did that plastic bottle in your hand come from? And where is it going next? A plastic bottle's journey is filled with bounces, bumps, and blasts. Pack your bags, and get ready to follow it!

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Where did that plastic bottle in your hand come from? And where is it going next? A plastic bottle's journey is filled with bounces, bumps, and blasts. Pack your bags, and get ready to follow it!

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Where do plastic bottles come from? What happens to them when we throw them away? The "Follow It" series answers these and other questions by taking young readers on an animated trip that follows some familiar objects or organisms through their lifecycles. In this book, a smiling blue plastic bottle introduces kids to recycling. It all starts with the bottle's origin as tiny plastic pellets melted and molded by machine. In another factory, bottles are filled, labeled, and capped, then sent on their way to stores. We see an eager boy picking one for a trip to the zoo. After lunch, the bottle goes into a recycling bin to continue its journey. Losing its identity, the poor bottle is squashed into a bale—kids learn that the giant bales weigh about 1000 pounds—then sorted by number, giving readers a chance to see the amazing variety of plastic containers in our lives (this water bottle was a number one). Used plastic is shredded, washed, and melted again until the chunky blue bottle emerges as a svelte green bottle ready for a new use. Poster-bright watercolors from unusual perspectives combined with fabric collage help keep the trip lively, while sidebars offer more facts about the number of plastic bottles used (81 million a day in the U.S.) and how we recycle them (bottles can end up as carpet, park benches, fiberfill, or fleece jackets). In case the journey is a bit confusing, there's a diagram at the end that traces it with simple icons. Also helpful are a glossary and a list of three books. Two recommended websites proved to be irrelevant. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781404867116
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Series: Follow It! Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,423,519
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 660L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne Slade is the author of 100 books for children, including many titles on science topics. Suzanne holds a Mechanical Engineering degree, and has worked on Delta IV rockets and car braking systems before beginning her writing career. She lives in a suburb of Chicago with her husband and two children.
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