The Little Recycler by Jan Geradi
- Publisher: Random House
- Series: Teenie Greenies
- Age range: 0-4 years
You might think it is difficult to make recycling a fun idea for your kids. However The Little Recycler makes the concept of recycling fun and cool for your little ones, and there’s plenty of machinery interest for those little engineers! I picked up this book for Little M on a whim, thinking it looked fun and had nice little flaps for him to lift up. I did not anticipate just how much he would LOVE this book!
What’s it about?…
A little boy leads you through the basics of recycling, from home, to factory – with fun flaps to lift up along the way. He starts off sorting out the recycling at home ‘Clink, clink, clink. Into each bin – BOTTLES, PAPER, PLASTIC, TIN.’ He then cleans the dirt off the things and wheels them out to the recycling truck, where a driver loads them and drives to the recycling factory. At the factory, the recycling is poured out on a belt and melted down to make new things. ‘Crush the cans – red, green, blue. Melt them into something new.’ A flap is lifted to reveal a shiny new car. The little boy then show us different ways that we can recycle and reuse in our day to day lives. He donates clothes and toys and makes a cardboard box into a boat. ‘A cardboard box! Come on, let’s PLAY!’
The good, the bad and the ugly?…
The book is appropriately printed on recycled card, with soybean ink. The board is reasonably sturdy, but the flaps could do with being attached more securely, as they can easily be torn off by the over enthusiastic! The pictures are colorful and informative. Although some of the rhyming is a little forced, the book sends the important message of recycling in a fun way – the flaps help explain the story and are enjoyable for kids to lift.
Who would love it?…
Best for the 2-3 age range, but also great for babies who are supervised with the flaps. Also could be used for new readers. Super for boys (and girls!) who are into machinery – but used in a less conventional way than many kid’s books. Little M is fascinated with the trucks and conveyor belts and the book has already made a little recycler of him – he now sorts it on a daily basis!
Overall – a super little book that shows recycling as a fun, everyday activity for your children.
Disclosure: This post contains some affiliate links, however all opinions are entirely my own.
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