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Where Do Recyclable Materials Go?: Read Think Recycle Paperback – Apr 1 2011

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  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Firewater Media Group (April 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981243908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981243900
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 0.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #734,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The first in an intended series entitled Garbology Kids, Where Do Recycled Materials Go? takes the next step in educating children about the importance of recycling by explaining what actually happens after you put an item in the recycling bin. An educational resource for parents and teachers alike, the book will educate and entertain while also encouraging children to participate in all aspects of the recycling cycle.”  —ForeWord Reviews

Where do Recyclable Materials Go? is a very good addition to the group of books designed to increase awareness of the impact of our behaviour on the environment and the steps that can be taken by everyone, including students, to reduce that impact.”  —CM Magazine

“The detailed illustrations and creative storyline of this cheery book clarify the many steps of waste management and recycling for children and families alike. It’s an important contribution to environmental education for young readers.”  —Dr. Robin Nagle, anthropologist, New York University

“A great read with everything children and their parents need to know about what happens to their recyclables once they leave the curb.”  —Christine McCoy, former board member, National Recycling Coalition

“Brings the recycling process to life with a lively story and colorful illustrations. It will appeal to children that want to understand how their recycling is dealt and its importance—and mum and dad may even learn a thing or two!”  —Mike Webster, senior consultant, Waste Watch UK

Where Do Recyclable Materials Go? is a cleverly-written, thought-provoking children's book that will help educate the younger generation to be environmentally-responsible in an entertaining way.”  —Green Solutions Magazine

About the Author

Sabbithry Persad is the creator and author of the Garbology Kids series: We Can Reduce: Precycle It!, Operation: Reuse It!, and Where Do Recyclable Materials Go?, which was a finalist in the 2011 USA Best Books Awards. Sabbithry lives in Toronto.

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This book reminded me of the old Magic School Bus books... June 23 2014
By toobusyreading - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book reminded me of the old Magic School Bus books in the way it was written and the illustrations.

The family in this book is trying to find their dog who has followed the Recycling truck. In the process of looking for their dog they learn about what can be recycled and where materials go after they are collected. The take a tour of a recycling center and learn how materials are sorted and what they are used for. This is an educational book and I learned a few things I didn’t know. Too bad we don’t have a local Recycling Center, I’m sure it would make a fun field trip for kids.

Rating: 4 Stars

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A fun book about an interesting subject Jan. 29 2013
By Irene's Book Reviews - Published on
Format: Paperback
I gave this book 5/5 stars. The illustrations were excellent. The story follows a family as they search for their dog. The dog loves to follow the recycle truck so they start off following the truck also. I liked how the story flowed from one location to the next. I think all children will enjoy the story and not even realize they are learning about how to recycle. A great book and perfect for any child who has questions about recycling.
Rethink Recycling Sept. 20 2011
By Valerie Allen - Published on
Format: Paperback
Where Do Recyclable Materials Go? has two story layers. One is the story of a missing dog, Bubbles. The second, is an interesting account of how recycling works. Bubbles moves along the same path as the recycle truck, so the story integrates the missing dog and facts of recycling. The book is so well written, it is as if the reader is on a field trip. Illustrations and story are applealing to children, educators, parents, parks/recreation, camp leaders, etc. This book could be used to start an enviornment friendly project. Well done.
Garbology Kids - Where Do Recyclable Materials Go? April 13 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Where Do Recyclable Materials Go? is a great book to share with children. The story leads Tiana, Peter, and their mother throughout the community searching for their dog, Bubbles, who likes to chase recycling trucks. On their journey they stop at various places and discover information about recycling. Once they find Bubbles at the Recycling Facility, they are given a tour of how the recycled materials are sorted and sent out.
The author's use of a magnifying glass throughout the book showcases various interesting facts about recycling.
This is a book worth reading several times. I believe even adults will be surprised about how much we waste and how easy it would be to recycle. Where Do Recyclable Materials Go? should be part of all home, school, and community libraries. The questions, activities, and facts at the end of the book re-enforce the many ways we can help our communities and our world. A great read for all!

Jenny Stees, Elementary School Teacher
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Educational pleasure for adult and child Oct. 8 2011
By J Garland McLellan - Published on
Format: Paperback
I wish I had read this book before accepting a board seat at Kimbriki Environmental Enterprises; it would have saved many explanations of terminology and acronyms!

The book is a great read for parents wishing to help children gain more understanding of the impact they have on the environment. It uses narrative, illustrations and humour to make the hard facts easy to learn and fun to read.

The book is part of a series (Garbology Kids) but stands alone quite comfortably. It is engaging and there are plenty of threads in the background to keep more precocious readers occupied whilst younger children follow the narrative. It is a good book to have in the handbag for a wait at the doctor's surgery or some similar location but possibly too stimulating for a bedtime story (although it does end happily).

The main benefit of this book is the effortless assimilation of information about what is recyclable, how recycling works, and how it benefits the community. The book is sensitive to the different collection systems and challenges readers to think of ways that they can assist and enhance recycling in their household and/or school. The storyline will engage younger children who enjoy being read to; the ideal target age for the book is between 7 and ten years, by which stage children should be able to read it unassisted.

The book ends with simple projects that can be attempted by readers to give a sense of purpose and achievement that will outlive their interest in the story.

The book is well written and tightly edited. There are no obvious errors of grammar or spelling and the prose is simple yet graphic. It can be used equally well for home reading or as part of a school project. There are no themes that could offend readers and it does not give rise to questions that will be difficult for an adult to answer.

Adults should be aware that this book may drive some behaviour changes and that these may lead to new household practices.

Recycling an aluminium can saves enough energy to run a television for up to four hours and up to 80% of waste could potentially be recycled. This book is a good step towards creating an engaged society that will meet and conquer the challenges posed as we move into a resource constrained economy. (Interested adults may wish to see my review of `The Sixth Wave' by James Bradfield Moody for more information on resource scarcity)

Great fun for adult and child alike; highly recommended.

* Julie Garland McLellan is a professional non-executive director, board and governance consultant and mentor. She is the author of "Dilemmas, Dilemmas: practical case studies for company directors', "The Director's Dilemma", "All Above Board: Great Governance for the Government Sector" and numerous articles on corporate strategy and governance.

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