The Little Recycler

The Little Recycler

by Jan Gerardi

Heavy machinery and going green don't mix? NO WAY! This colorful, action-packed lift-the-flap board book takes toddlers on an environmentally friendly ride through the basics of recycling.


Heavy machinery and going green don't mix? NO WAY! This colorful, action-packed lift-the-flap board book takes toddlers on an environmentally friendly ride through the basics of recycling.

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Recycling has become the watchword these days with more and more communities requiring that residents participate by separating paper, plastic, glass and metal apart from other garbage. This board book introduces little ones to the process in a way that makes it fun. Lifting the flaps shows the various types of materials that can be recycled. One preparatory task that is important is to clear out the contents of cans, plastic and other containers. When the "garbage" truck comes, the recycled materials are collected in different compartments and eventually taken to a recycling center. Plastics and metals are usually crushed and melted. These materials are then used to create new items. Also important is the recycling of older clothing or clothes that one might have outgrown. Kids can recycle toys that they have outgrown and bring plenty of joy to other youngsters. The book closes by encouraging kids to play with objects like a big brown paper box. Not everything needs to be electronic to provide fun. Part of the "Teenie Greenies" series. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS—This lift-the-flap book introduces young children to recycling. It begins with sorting in the home: "Clink, clink, clink./Into each bin-/BOTTLES,/PAPER,/PLASTIC,/TIN." Then a small boy wheels a wagon filled with recycling to the truck where a driver loads it and heads to the recycling center. "Pour it out/on a belt./Shred and mix./Sort and melt./Crush the cans-/red, green, blue./Melt them into something new." Crushed cans rotate on a background of swirled colors. Lift the flap to see a shiny red car on the same background. The book then shows different ways that children can recycle in their everyday lives. The young Caucasian protagonist hands a box of castoffs to other, grateful children with darker skin, and a used cardboard box becomes a fort. The text is clunky in places, but recycling is becoming a regular part of American children's lives, and it is good to see a board book address it.—Amelia Jenkins, Juneau Public Library, AK
Kirkus Reviews
A little boy takes an active role in recycling and reusing in this lift-the-flap tale. The boy, along with a couple of young friends, demonstrates cleaning and sorting recyclables, donating unwanted clothes and toys, and reusing other materials for various projects. While this is a noble effort, the rhyming text, which appears on the outside of and under each flap, does not scan well: "Clink, clink, clink. Into each bin– / BOTTLES, / PAPER, / PLASTIC, / TIN." Some of the concepts above and below each flap have a clear relationship to one another: A large cardboard box is empty above the flap and reused as a toy boat below the flap. Other concepts do not connect quite as well: The plastic (above the flap) and "tin" cans (under the flap) look to be going into the same bin, but the next page shows them carefully sorted into their own separate bins. The cover may also confuse little ones, and a few grown-ups too, since it mostly shows materials to be reused (toys and clothes to be donated), not recycled. The flat, friendly and soft-hued cartoons look to be a mix of digital art over collaged backgrounds of reused materials. Other titles in the Teenie Greenies series, which are printed on recycled paper with soy ink, tackle gardening, composting and transportation alternatives with greater clarity. A well-meant miss. (Board book. 2-3)

Product Details

Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
Teenie Greenies Series
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Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 3 Years

Meet the Author

JAN GERARDI has illustrated many books for children. Teenie Greenies are the first books she has both written and illustrated. She lives in New Jersey with her daughter and three dogs.

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