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Author: Melanie Walsh

Illustrator: Melanie Walsh

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Publisher: Candlewick Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: This clever novelty book suggests a number of ways to make a difference by conserving natural resources and adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle. The suggestions found here range from remembering to turn off the lights when you leave a room and shutting off the tap when brushing your teeth to recycling stuff around the house into toys. This is a book that helps young children understand everyone has a role in making our world a better place to live.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 8 to 12

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Age of Child: Read with a group of 7 to 8 year-olds.

Young Reader Reaction: My friend read this to her class and they reacted positively to the simple illustrations and the idea behind the book.

Adult Reader Reaction: Both my friend and I thought the book's message on conservation and things the children can do to help was excellent. The message is clear: There are things everyone can do if they love the earth and wish to make it a better place to live.

Pros: Nice bold, colorful illustrations and some excellent ideas encourage readers to become more eco-friendly.

Cons: We wished the book was longer!

Borrow or Buy: Buy. You definitely want to purchase this book since it can be used as a jumping-off point for a discussion on other ways to become more planet friendly.


Educational Themes: This is an easy, practical way to engage kids in thinking about conservation and recycling. The ideas for using recyclables as toys is a great way to promote creativity.

Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online are at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, ecology

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2009

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