Sandy loves visiting her grandpa's house by the beach every summer. She and her dog Pepper play in the sand and surf, chasing the seagulls. But on this day her walk on the beach is ruined when she comes across the garbage left over from someone else's picnic—pop cans, half-eaten hot-dog buns, and even a yellow mustard container. Angry, Sandy can't understand why anyone would want to dirty her beautiful beach. She and Pepper are startled by the arrival of the 'Garbage Lady,' who helps pick up the mess. The Garbage Lady explains to Sandy that everyone has an ecological footprint—the mark they leave on the world—and that it is their responsibility to shrink it. Sandy is impressed and runs home to tell her grandpa. A wonderful introduction to environmental responsibility, the book ends with a list of everyday ways we can all shrink our footprint. Fittingly illustrated with a unique collage technique using recycled materials.
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I loved how the illustrations in this book were made out of recycled and natural materials; really sending home the message to readers about environmental awareness and how to reuse items. The story is very playful and direct in nature with a clear message and colorful images to attract the reader. The book ends with some great tips to help "shrink our footprints" on the Earth.
We live during a time in history when man is ruining the earth faster than any solution can be implemented. From oil spills to overflowing garbage landfills, we need to take more responsibility as consumers. And it's never too early or late to instill good habits and environmental awareness in our children. Sandy's Incredible Shrinking Footprint is a simple story with a big message. We can each do our part-adults and children-to preserve the earth. My 9-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son enjoyed learning about how we can all shrink our ecological footprint, the mark we leave on the earth. At the end of the story, there's a list of 12 things children can do. We discussed each one and why doing them would help take better care of our earth. Later in the week, I overheard my son tell his sister not to let the water run while she brushed her teeth. And it gave my daughter impetus to remind me of the benefits of having a garage sale, which I had been putting off! All this to say my children have become more aware of how their actions affect our earth. The illustrations were captivating because they were made from recycled and natural materials. We tried to figure out what materials were used and were pleasantly surprised to see pressed rose petal as one. Both my children thought the story ended too abruptly, though, and would have wished it to go on longer, with more action. The Garbage Lady was an interesting character, and perhaps a stronger plot development was needed. However, this book remains a great way to introduce young children to the topic of taking responsibility to care for our earth.