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Children's LiteratureDid you know that Britain generates in one year enough packaging waste to fill almost 19,000 jumbo jets? Wow! Now, think about how much is generated world over. I liked the format of this book as the author has chosen to include databank information, websites, and an opinion box throughout the entire book instead of at the end. This way, while reading, I had all the additional resources at my fingertips. The opinion box is most interesting as it quotes famous individuals on this topic of waste and recycling. The photographs add richness to the text and enhance the believability of this world crisis. The author ends the book with an optimistic note and with suggestions on how readers can help. It also gives helpful hints on being a smarter shopper and what questions can be asked of the retailer. Waste is a growing problem, but there are sustainable solutions. The last sentence reads, "...waste can make a valuable contribution to a more sustainable world." With so many problems worldwide it is comforting to know that this particular problem is something each of us can help solve. What a positive book! 2004, KidHaven Press, Ages 9 to 14.
—Kathie M. Josephs