What Can You Do with an Old Red Shoe?: A Green Activity Book About Reuse

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What can Ruby do with her old red shoe? Use it as a planter for pansies! In this “green” craft book, children can appreciate that recycling is a part of everyday life, and with a little creativity, exciting projects are only a few steps away. Turn a worn flip-flop into an art stamp, a ripped shower curtain into an apron, and an old T-shirt into a pillow. These activities are just a few of the many crafts to be explored.

With easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions, this ...

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Overview

What can Ruby do with her old red shoe? Use it as a planter for pansies! In this “green” craft book, children can appreciate that recycling is a part of everyday life, and with a little creativity, exciting projects are only a few steps away. Turn a worn flip-flop into an art stamp, a ripped shower curtain into an apron, and an old T-shirt into a pillow. These activities are just a few of the many crafts to be explored.

With easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions, this interactive book will challenge kids to come up with clever recycling ideas of their own.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH AN OLD RED SHOE?:

“From its namesake red-shoe planter to a ripped-shower-curtain apron, Alter seeks to instill a desire to help the environment.”—USA Today

“This is a great choice for environmental units and a valuable resource for parents interested in teaching their children about reuse at home.”—School Library Journal

“Recycling becomes lots of fun in this sprightly activity book… what really makes this a standout is Alter’s adorable artwork featuring a coterie of animals at work and play.”—Booklist

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
This kid-friendly how-to guide to reuse offers a dozen specific ways to recycle or reuse such common items as one flip-flop, empty berry baskets, an old calendar and, of course, the eponymous red shoe. Each spread briefly recounts how a young animal has reduced a familiar item to trash. It then provides a step-by-step guide about how to transform the object instead of throwing it away. Thus Ruby's single red dancing shoe becomes a small flowerpot filled with pansies. The directions are given in clear series of steps, and the illustrations make it easy to see what exactly how to carry out each project. One of the special attractions of this book is that it focuses on the kinds of things that children across the socioeconomic spectrum are likely to have to throw away. The simple stories that frame each project are playful but will help young readers visualize why the items, ready for the wastebasket, can be transformed into useful or attractive objects. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal

K-Gr 4

Alter suggests 12 projects that clearly show how items can be reused. For example, a single flip-flop can be turned into an art stamp. Each spread is devoted to an activity and begins with a poem that describes the demise of the item being recycled-"The waves came in creeping,/stealing, and sweeping-/they snatched Sarah's flip-flop,/and took it away!" The step-by-step instructions are clear and concise, and the author does an excellent job of writing at the level of the intended audience. The instructions recommend adult help for cutting and sewing. The illustrations are of animals carrying out the instructions (raccoon, bunny, cat, etc.) and they are appealing. While some of the projects aren't particularly original, such as turning a well-worn T-shirt into a pillow, children might not have seen them before and may even be motivated to create their own projects. Tips for recycling and reuse are included. This is a great choice for environmental units and a valuable resource for parents interested in teaching their children about reuse at home.-Stephanie Farnlacher, Trace Crossings Elementary School, Hoover, AL

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805082906
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 3/31/2009
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

ANNA ALTER has written and illustrated several children’s book, including Estelle and Lucy. She is also the illustrator of The Purple Ribbon. Anna studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, worked as a preschool teacher for several years, and now teaches children’s book illustration at Montserrat College of Art. She lives in Boston.

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