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MICHAEL RECYCLE

Author: Ellie Bethel

Illustrator: Alexandra Colombo

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Publisher: Worthwhile Books, a Division of Idea and Design Works, LLC,

Material: hard cover

Summary: When Michael Recycle comes to town, it isn’t because he likes you. It’s because he wants you to pay more attention to your trash and your waste. Read along to see how he helped Abberdoo-Rimey. This is a rhyming picture book that encourages kids to recycle. It has suggestions in the back, too.

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

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 2.4

Age of Child: Started reading with 7-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter picked this out from the school library. We read it as soon as she unpacked it from her backpack (her request), and she has asked for it several more times.

Adult Reader Reaction: Although rhyming books aren’t my first choice, this is fun to read. The rhyme-scheme works and the wordplay is clever. The illustrations make it fun to just “sit” on the pages and not rush through reading.

Pros: Kids will giggle about — and instantly pick up — the lessons of recycling and conservation. The tips in the back help make this more than just a fictional story.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. Although clever and fun, this is a story that will only take so much reading. It is definitely a book to be checked out at the local or public library.

If You Liked This Book, Try: A RIVER RAN WILD: An Environmental History   AUNT GUSSIE AND GRANDFATHER TREE   ABIGALE THE HAPPY WHALE

Educational Themes: Although couched in humor and rhyme, this is a book about recycling. Deputize your kids as Michael Recycle and use the tips in the back so they can find things they can do at home.

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 2.4

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, conservation

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2008

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