Monday, May 25, 2009

Monday's green books series: The Adventures of an Aluminum Can (and a giveaway!)

Last week we thought we have a special diary we never seen before, but this week we have it again!

This time this diary is really special as it's written by "
a laid-back aluminum can", describing its very unique journey.

Our book today is:

The Adventures of an Aluminum Can: A Story About Recycling

Author: Alison Inches

Over a period of eight years, Alison Inches was an editor at Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Putnam as well as a Senior Editor and Writer for The Jim Henson Company.

An author since 1994, she has written over 30 books for children, including a bestseller entitled Go to Bed Fred! for Workman Publishing. She is also the author of three adult trade books: In the Kitchen With Miss Piggy (Time-Life), The Candy Bar Cookbook: Baking with America’s Favorite Candy and a biography about Jim Henson entitled, Designs and Doodles: A muppet Sketchbook for Harry Abrams Publishers. Currently, she is writing children's books for Viking, Simon & Schuster and Hartcourt.

Illustrator: Mark Chambers

Ages: 4 - 6

Publisher: Little Simon (an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division)

Published on:
May 2009

What this book is about? (from Little Green Book's website)
Peek into this diary of an aluminum can as it goes on a journey from inside a bauxite rock under the beaches of Jamaica, to the manufacturing line, to the store shelf, to a garbage can, and finally to a recycling plant where it emerges into its new a baseball bat!

This 8x8 papergback storybook is told from the point of view of a laid-back aluminum can, kids can share in his daily experiences and inner thoughts through his personal journal. The laid-back little can goes from being a small speck of alumina inside a bauxite rock under the beaches of Jamaica to an aluminum soda can to a baseball bat. The diary entries will be fun and humorous yet point out the ecological significance behind each product and the resources used to make it.

Why you should get it?
This is a new book in the Little Green Books series of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. If you follow our blog for a while, you already know we are partnering with the S&S, following the release of this new green series last year, to help educating children about green issues. This series is doing it really well, in a way that is both fun and educating, and this book is no exception.

Alison Inches, who is the the author of another great book in this series 'I Can Save the Earth!' does it again. She creates a great story that is focused on a journey of an aluminum can that starts as a raw material, becomes a can and eventually gets recycled into a baseball bat. The story gives children a clear demonstration of what actually happens when we recycle things and gets them to know the real story of stuff.

I like the journal style of the story which makes it more interesting and easy to follow. Inches' writing with the beautiful illustrations of Mark Chambers also make sure the fun component is not to be forgotten, which is definitely important when it comes to books for this age (4-6).

Like many green children's books, this book's creativity is very impressive, but it has also a very clear added-value to offer to young children which makes it a great book and a recommended one!

It's also important to remind that the book, as all of the other Little Green Books, walks the talk as it is printed on recycled paper with 100% vegetable based ink.

You can get more information about the Little Green Books at site includes information about the books in the series, a family-friendly blog, interactive games, earth-friendly downloadable activities, green tips (including tips of Eco-Libris), a green glossary, partners page and more! We'll cover this new website more thoroughly very soon so stay tuned!


We're giving away one copy of the book, courtesy of the book's publicist, and of course a tree will be planted for the copy!

How you can win? please add a comment below with an answer the following question: what is the material or item you or your kids really really like to recycle? Submissions are accepted until Monday, June 1, 12PM EST. The winner will be announced the following day.

More relevant links:

An interview with Alison Inches on Eco-Libris blog

Review of 'Little Monkey' and 'Little Panda':

If you're looking for other interesting green-themed books, you are invited to check out our
green books page on our website's green resources section.

Raz @ Eco-Libris


windycindy said...

What an adorable book! The journal of the life of a found can and then turning into an aluminum baseball is a book our sons would really enjoy!
Our sons like recycling paper, plastic and cans! When we go on walks, we take along bags to pick up trash along the way. Please enter me in your delightful book giveaway drawing. Many thanks, Cindi

Laureen said...

My kids really like to recycle paper. First they use scrap paper to do 99% of their drawings. (The scrap paper comes primarily from notices from school.) When they are ready to dispose of their drawings, or any other piece of completely-used paper (even tiny paper tea envelopes), they eagerly open the cabinet under the kitchen sink where there are empty cereal boxes that hold our recyclable paper. On our pick-up day for recyclables, the kids like to simply put the full cereal boxes at the curb. Thanks for the chance to win this book that I would be sure to share with my children and others. :)

Laureen said...

Sorry...I forgot to add my preferred email address:

Brimful Curiosities said...

My kids like to put our paper scraps into the paper recycling bin.

Pam said...

This is such a great book! We try to recycle all we can in our house. My son likes to recycle paper and cans but we also recycle glass and plastics and use reusable bags, etc.

melacan at hotmail dot com

Kaizen Fashion Project said...

We love recycling magazines!

heatheranne99 at hotmail dot com

Tracysweetangl said...

The kids like to recycle all types of paper!

Cindy said...

My 4 year old is in charge of our recycling. I think he mostly enjoys the aluminum cans as they make great noise when you dump them in the bin all at once!

Anonymous said...

We like to recycle plastic shopping bags because it's very easy to do--just take them to the local Walmart and stick them in a green bin!
yeloechikee at hotmail dot com

phxbne said...

Plastics - my 4 year old loves to look for the triangle!

jceko77 said...

we love to recycle aluminum cans because the kids love to crush them:)