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Don't Throw That Away!: A Lift-the-Flap Book about Recycling and Reusing    by Lara Bergen & Betsy Snyder order for
Don't Throw That Away!
by Lara Bergen
Order:  USA  Can
Simon & Schuster, 2009 (2009)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

An interactive lift-the-flap book that encourages your child to recycle and reuse throwaway items, this picture book practices what it preaches - it is made from 100% recycled material!

On the first page of the book the little girl looks at a bin of empty cans, milk containers, jars and paper and says, 'WOW! Look at all this trash! Did you know that you don't have to throw it all away?'

As they move further into the book, readers four to six years of age can flip-the-flap to see how an old glass jar can be turned into a vase, a bird feeder can be fashioned from a plastic, gallon milk container, and empty cans can become a percussion instrument. Old clothing also can be transformed into eye catching costumes while an empty cardboard box can be made into a toy car.

This new series of Little Green Books has been raising consciousness about conservation practices in young readers. The books' distinctive brown paper bag color may be a bit drab and you have to be careful when you first open the tabs so they don't rip and tear, but that comes with using recycled paper I guess.

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