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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Hey, That's Not Trash - Renee Jablow

Released March 2011

Reviewed by Bob Walch

Here’s an excellent book to teach youngsters the proper way to recycle waste products.  The interactive format of this board book features three recycle bins for paper, plastic and metal cleverly embedded in the cover. Press-out pieces in the shape of common household objects are featured on each page.

As you read the text aloud the child is encouraged to place the objects in the slot of the correct container.  The text follows a little boy through his day. When the plastic milk container needs to be disposed of after breakfast, you can help him get it in the right recyclable bin.

There will be newspapers, soda cans, old metal soccer cleats, and other items that will also need to be handled properly as the child’s busy days continues. And when the story is finished, just slide open the recycle bins and place the pieces back in their proper places so they are ready to go the  next time you enjoy this book.

Of all the consciousness raising picture books about recycling for very young children I have come across, this is the best I have seen thus far. The only down side is that the small “trash” pieces do pose a choking hazard for young children, so be careful the recyclables end up where they should and NOT in your child’s mouth!

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