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A busy family of rabbits demonstrates the three R's of recycling. Minna, a creative bunny, wants to win the Community Recycling Calendar Contest. She knows a lot about recycling but just can't come up with the perfect idea for her poster. Minna's family helps her find inspiration as they share their own recycling efforts. The book's bright, bold cut-paper illustrations are enhanced by Wallace's use of recycled materials such as bubble wrap, envelopes, and wallpaper. With games, activities, and recycling suggestions, this is a book destined to be read again and again.
Posted April 21, 2011
This was a really age appropriate book about recycling and making a difference. I used it with my preschool class this week to talk about Earth Day and the letter "R". Minna and her class are making posters to compete in a contest for a calendar for the community. Minna takes the whole week to think about what her poster should look like. Each day her family does something to be green. They donate old or outgrown clothes, use reusable bags at the grocery store, recycle cans, donate books, compost and use plastic containers instead of plastic wrap to save left over food. At the end of the week Minna makes a poster for recycling everyday.
It can be hard for young children to see how they can make a difference, but each of the ideas Minna's family does is something young children can see and understand. After reading I had the students raise their hands if these are things their families already do. Lots of them hand their old clothes down to a friend or family member, use reusable bags and recycle cans and bottles. Last summer my family started composting. My children love to take kitchen scraps to the compost bin. During the winter I didn't take a lot out there, but now that it is warming up I can't wait to get started again.