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Mallory Goes Green!

Mallory Goes Green!

Laurie Friedman
Illustrator:  Jennifer Kalis 
Fiction  Series
For ages 7 to 9
Lerner, 2010   ISBN: 978-0822588856

The principal at Mallory’s school has decided that the time has come for the school to “go green.” She decides that they are going to have an all school Green Fair. Each class will choose a representative who will meet with the principal and the “Environmental Committee,” and who will “be in charge” of the class environmental project. All the class projects will be presented to the school at the Green Fair.

Ever eager to get involved in something, Mallory volunteers to be the representative for her class, and the very next day – decked out in a very green outfit – Mallory attends the Environmental Committee meeting. At the meeting, the principal explains that the theme for this year’s Green Fair will be “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” and it isn’t long before Mallory has a “supercool idea” for her class’s project.

Mallory quickly sets about telling everyone that her class’s project is going to be to “design and sell Going Green t-shirts.” The only problem is that Mallory’s classmates do not seem to be very enthusiastic about the idea. With her usual energy, Mallory sets about trying to persuade everyone that her project idea is the only project idea worth considering. It never once occurs to her that someone else might have an idea worth listening to. In fact, Mallory does not listen to anything anyone else says, and this ends up causing a first rate problem.

In this delightful Mallory title, children not only find out how they can become green at school and at home, but they also discover the importance of listening to others and respecting their opinions. Written in Mallory’s voice, this book is both amusing and insightful.

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