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STUFF! REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE

Author: Steven Kroll

Illustrator: Steve Cox

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Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Corporation,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Pinch is a pack rat and all his possessions are spilling out onto the street. When his friends Heddy and Bumper ask him to donate some stuff to the community sale, Pinch says "no." On the day of the sale he sees everybody and all of the things they are selling. Pinch decides to sell some of his stuff ... then buy more stuff. When he gets home with his money, Pinch decides to get rid of the the clutter, and he invites his family to do the same. So will they use the money to buy more stuff? This is a book (on recycled paper) about being less focused on what you have and look at the world around you.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 9

Reading Level: 2.9

Age of Child: Read with a 5-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter LOVED this book! She liked looking at all the stuff Pinch had and then sold. She liked the idea of making money; and she especially liked the idea of using the money to buy some trees to plant. She thought it was great that Pinch the Rat enjoyed seeing the toys he sold being played with. She thought it was nice that he enjoyed watching the others play with stuff that had been sitting around getting in the way at his house.

Adult Reader Reaction: I picked this out because we are having a community yard sale soon and I thought it would be good to introduce my daughter to the idea of selling and recycling her toys. At first it seemed like a heavy subject, but the authors got the message across in a cute story.

Pros: Enjoy this story just for fun or as a way to help kids understand sharing and community support. With great pictures and a good message, we can all learn from this book.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book that has lots of layers. It's a fun story when you just want to enjoy the tale, but it also has lessons that you'll want periodically - like we need to clean out the toybox!

If You Liked This Book, Try: TOO MANY TOYS   WHAT CAN I DO TODAY? To Make This World a Happier Place   MR. GEORGE AND THE RED HAT

Educational Themes: There are math and philanthropy lessons rolled into this story. You can talk about selling things (evaluating it's quality and setting a price), recycling, parting with things that you love but don't use, sharing with others, and helping the most people all at one time.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, ecology, philanthropy

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2009

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