Mrs. Murphy's class is taking a field trip to the Clover landfill. In a presentation by Mr. Dinwiddy, the landfill's environmental manager, the students learn about precycling - a process of reducing waste by consuming less. For example, using cloth bags instead of plastic at the grocery store. The children (who look to be upper elementary/middle school age) are inspired by Mr. Dinwiddy and decide to host a Clover Community Precycles It Challenge. They turn it into a project for the Green Solutions Fair.
To be honest, the story was much better than I expected. I appreciated the diversity of the students in Mrs. Murphy's class and how the author balanced a story with all of the nonfiction content. The Fun Facts, Reflection Questions, and Experiments pages at the back make it very easy to take the book to the next level. And after kids hear/read the story, they are going to want to do just that.
Although the illustrations aren't the best, they DO pack in tons of content. In addition to more traditional nonfiction insets, content is embedded in items logical to the story, like posters. In the story, the kids calculated and set goals for the precycling challenge, but there isn't information anywhere to help readers understand how they calculated the pledges on waste reduction. That, to me, is a key missing piece.
Overall, an informative story worth borrowing from the library. A great choice leading into Earth Day activities.
Readers - especially young activists - will not only find this an informative story, but they will likely be spurred to be more mindful about waste.
This is an informational picture book that introduces the concept of precycling.
After the story, there are some great questions and project ideas for kids. Additionally, there is a lot of content built into the illustrations. Some are traditional sidebars, others are incorporated into the story (such as posters). They are definitely worth going back to explore. Readers will want to slow down and get that information. If they don't, point it out to them.
10 and Up
9 and Up
Borrow. Great information, but once you have the info, you are ready to move on.