Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Hey, That's Not Trash!

Hey, That's Not Trash!

Renee Jablow
Illustrator:  Mike Byrne 
Novelty Board Book
For ages 4 to 6
Little Simon, 2011   ISBN: 978-1416995333

One morning a little boy has his breakfast and he uses the last of the milk on his cereal. His mother throws away the plastic milk jug, but her son reminds her that the jug is not trash. Instead, it is something that can be recycled.

Later, at school, the little boy and his classmates work on an art project. They put old sheets of newspaper on their desks so that the desks don’t get covered with glue. When their projects are finished, the little boy tells everyone that newspaper, even when it covered with glue, can be recycled, and it should be put in the recycling bin that is for things made out of paper.

On every double page spread in this book, children will find a press-out piece which they can remove from the page and deposit in the ‘recycling bins’ that are provided beneath the book. The text will help them to figure out which bin to use. Is the press-out piece supposed to go in the bin for paper, plastic, or metal? Can they help the little boy in the story by making the right choice?

The combination of the engaging story and the interactive format in this book gives children a memorable experience that will help them to understand the difference between what can, and what cannot, be recycled. They will feel empowered by their knowledge, and thus feel that they can do their part to take care of their world.