Book Review: Where Do Recyclable Materials Go?



Did you know:


*Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for 3 hours?


*A modern glass bottle would take 4000 years or more to decompose– and even longer if it’s in a landfill?


*If all our newspaper was recycled, we could save around 250,000,000 trees a year?


*9.1 billion plastic bottles were disposed of in 2002 with only 360 million of them being recycled?


We all know the confounding questions our kids ask that we have no answers to. As a parent and teacher, I get them a lot. You know, ones like this one, just from last night’s dinner with my 4 and 6 year olds:

“Where did plants come from?”  Great question, hard to answer!

You get the idea. If you’ve ever been asked, where do cans go when we recycle them and not really known the answer,  I have a book for you.  If you want to teach your children about the life cycle of what we consume, and how we can and should be considering the impact and life span of products, this book is for you, too.

Where Do Recyclable Materials Go? is by Saabbithry Persad.  The book has infinite uses for science teachers, environmental educators, and parents alike.  

In a Magic School Bus type layout, this book takes readers from a classroom, to a child’s home, and from there on a quest to find Bubbles, the children’s lost dog.  On the way, Bubbles takes readers on a journey on the path to being recycled, step by step.

Each page shares solid waste vocabulary, diagrams, and interesting facts.  In search of the lost puppy, the characters follow recyclables from the bin to the single stream sorting, to the distribution center, and then into new products.  It’s loaded with facts, illustrations, and diagrams.  


Maybe you have a child like my dear friend, who wants to know how everything works, all the time.  This would be a great gift book for any child who asks lots of questions, and to connect our kids to the real life cycle of the recyclables we consume.   This book raises awareness and empowers kids to recycle everything they can.  


The Garbology Kids™ Series follows the National American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) Excellence in Environmental Education – Guidelines for Learning, helping children to learn to question, analyze and interpret what they see; gain an understanding of environmental processes and systems; understand and address environmental issues; and learn about personal and civic responsibility.




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