Trash Action: A Fresh Look at Garbage

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: The dynamic author team of Ann Love and Jane Drake offers readers innovative ways to rethink their relationship with nature and reduce their ecological footprints. Ever aware of our impact on the environment, the authors suggest ways to reduce waste, eliminate over-consumption, and see garbage in the bigger picture.

This exploration of a timely topic introduces three characters — Rolly, Can-it, and Bright Bulb — whose quirky personalities and playful ...

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Overview

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: The dynamic author team of Ann Love and Jane Drake offers readers innovative ways to rethink their relationship with nature and reduce their ecological footprints. Ever aware of our impact on the environment, the authors suggest ways to reduce waste, eliminate over-consumption, and see garbage in the bigger picture.

This exploration of a timely topic introduces three characters — Rolly, Can-it, and Bright Bulb — whose quirky personalities and playful interaction both inform and entertain. Learn the connection between your lifestyle, your garbage, and your planet, and how your choices make a difference.

Mark Thurman’s exuberant illustrations, along with photographs from the authors’ own collections and a helpful glossary and index, make this a must-have and a call-to-action for anyone who cares about the earth.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for Snow Amazing: Cool Facts and Warm Tales:

“A super-sized snow celebration…includes plenty of delightfully odd facts…Drawings by Owl magazine artist Thurman add to the humor….”
Kirkus Reviews

“…the Drake-Love duo delivers the goods on snow and its place in North American lives, past and present…[an] engrossing book.”
The Globe and Mail

Praise for Cool Woods: A Trip Around the World’s Boreal Forest:

“…totally right on…”
The Globe and Mail

“…informative and beautiful…. [Y]oung readers will be inspired to find out more.”
Quill & Quire

Children's Literature - Vanessa Richardson
Covering an extremely important subject, this book thoroughly explains the importance of understanding the connection between the choices we make and our planet. Printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper, this book is a fantastic and thorough look at how we affect the world that we live in. Made for juvenile readers, it would be good for many adults as well. The three characters, Rolly the paper roll, Can-It the aluminum can, and Bright Bulb the light bulb, help drive home the lessons with their witty rhymes and remarks throughout the book. The illustrations are fun and help guide the reader through the subject matter. The watercolor style blends nicely with the earth-friendly feel. The book begins with an introduction about how we affect our world. The next chapter explains what an Ecological Footprint is and how certain areas in the world have bigger footprints than others. The book uses actual historical references, such as Easter Island and the Anasazi of Chaco Canyon, to illustrate events that took place where people were not thinking about the effect they were having on the planet, which eventually led to their demise. The book explains approximately how much garbage each family creates a year and how much it affects nature. Graphs, pie charts, and animal characters are used to illustrate the impact of recycling and how good and easy it can be. Other ancient folk tales and stories from recent history are peppered throughout the book to illustrate how the connection between our actions and our world has been understood through the ages, and how important it is in our everyday thinking today. Wrapping up the book is the chapter "Respecting the Future," which gives the reader achance to size his or her footprint, to see how their everyday choices affect nature and how everything in Nature is connected. A very well written and thoughtful look at the importance of being conscious of our choices and our effect on the world we live in.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-The authors encourage youngsters to take action to reduce their "ecological footprint." Short chapters on topics such as the amount of waste generated in a typical North American household or types of plastic that can be recycled are interspersed with folktales, historical vignettes, and contemporary examples of community and individual actions that impact the environment (e.g., Toronto's composting initiative). The broad coverage ranges from litter left on Mount Everest to waste incinerators to the orbiting junkyard people have created in space. The conversational writing style is reinforced by cartoon illustrations that feature three characters-made from pre-used materials-that offer running commentary on the various subjects. The book ends with a questionnaire that readers can use to determine how their various purchases will affect the environment. The breezy style will attract browsers and may encourage them to try some of the trash-reduction strategies suggested. Titles such as Rob Bowden's Waste (Gale, 2004) or Anita Ganeri's Something Old, Something New (Heinemann Library, 2005) offer more straightforward and focused accounts of different aspects of reducing waste. Trash Action will complement, but not replace, other nonfiction choices.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887767210
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Love and Jane Drake are sisters and co-authors who have shared a life-long interest in the environment and the wild. Their writing for children has always had a natural history/environmental-action focus. They are interested in making children more observant of the natural world. Together they are the authors of many award-winning books including The Kids Winter Cottage Book, Snow Amazing, and Cool Woods. They have been shortlisted for numerous awards including the Red Cedar Award, the Norma Fleck Award, the Hackmatack Award, and the Silver Birch Award. Ann Love is one of the founding members of Pollution Probe. Both Jane and Ann are married with three children each and live in the Toronto area.

Mark Thurman is an artist, illustrator, author, and teacher who enjoys writing and illustrating picture books and conducting workshops for students and teachers. He has over thirty books to his credit. He was co-creator of the “Mighty Mites,” a scientific cartoon in Owl magazine. Mark Thurman lives and works in Toronto.

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