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Trash Action

A Fresh Look at Garbage

by Ann Love & Jane Drake, illustrated by Mark Thurman

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list price: $22.99
edition:Paperback
published: March 2006
ISBN:9780887767210
publisher: Tundra
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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: The dynamic author team of Ann Love and Jane Drake offers readers innovative ways to rethink their relationship with nature and reduce their ecological footprints. Ever aware of our impact on the environment, the authors suggest ways to reduce waste, eliminate over-consumption, and see garbage in the bigger picture.

This exploration of a timely topic introduces three characters — Rolly, Can-it, and Bright Bulb — whose quirky personalities and playful interaction both inform and entertain. Learn the connection between your lifestyle, your garbage, and your planet, and how your choices make a difference.

Mark Thurman’s exuberant illustrations, along with photographs from the authors’ own collections and a helpful glossary and index, make this a must-have and a call-to-action for anyone who cares about the earth.

Contributor Notes

Ann Love and Jane Drake are sisters and co-authors who have shared a life-long interest in the environment and the wild. Their writing for children has always had a natural history/environmental-action focus. They are interested in making children more observant of the natural world. Together they are the authors of many award-winning books including The Kids Winter Cottage Book, Snow Amazing, and Cool Woods. They have been shortlisted for numerous awards including the Red Cedar Award, the Norma Fleck Award, the Hackmatack Award, and the Silver Birch Award. Ann Love is one of the founding members of Pollution Probe. Both Jane and Ann are married with three children each and live in the Toronto area.

Mark Thurman is an artist, illustrator, author, and teacher who enjoys writing and illustrating picture books and conducting workshops for students and teachers. He has over thirty books to his credit. He was co-creator of the “Mighty Mites,” a scientific cartoon in Owl magazine. Mark Thurman lives and works in Toronto.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
7 to 9
Grade:
2 to 4
Editorial Review

Praise for Snow Amazing: Cool Facts and Warm Tales:

“A super-sized snow celebration…includes plenty of delightfully odd facts…Drawings by Owl magazine artist Thurman add to the humor….”
Kirkus Reviews

“…the Drake-Love duo delivers the goods on snow and its place in North American lives, past and present…[an] engrossing book.”
The Globe and Mail

Praise for Cool Woods: A Trip Around the World’s Boreal Forest:

“…totally right on…”
The Globe and Mail

“…informative and beautiful…. [Y]oung readers will be inspired to find out more.”
Quill & Quire

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Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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Trash Action: A Fresh Look at Garbage

The award-wining sister team of Ann Love and Jane Drake have collaborated on Trash Action: A Fresh Look at Garbage. This informative book is a practical classroom resource focusing on the acts of recycling and of wasting when we live in such a consumer-driven society. The book’s target audience is readers age 8 and up, who will be interested to know that a tie-in board game is in the works. Love and Drake have shared their lifelong interest of nature in numerous books such as Cool Woods: A Trip Around the World’s Boreal Forest.

Trash Action is a mixture of historical facts, current statistics, international folktales and strategies on how to be proactive recyclers and better informed consumers. There is a balance between learning from ancient civilizations’ blunders and being responsible in the present whilst respecting the future. The book’s easy-to-read layout includes a straightforward glossary, photos and colourful illustrations which support the facts stated. Younger readers will enjoy the commentary of the environmental cartoon trio regarding the 3Rs – reduce, reuse and recycle.

The authors encourage readers to “reduce their ecological footprints.” The reader should ask themselves 11 questions before purchasing anything. Details about recycling and reducing plastic, aluminum, glass and paper are illustrated. For example, plastic products have the recycling symbols of 1 to 7. The numbers are explained and what happens when the unacceptable and acceptable plastics are mixed. Tips are converted into children’s terms such as recycling “one aluminum can saves enough energy for 3 hours of TV.”

A bibliography and a list of Canadian and global educational websites would have been useful to continue the “Action” theme. Nevertheless, this book is a superb starting point for a class-wide or school-wide environmental commitment.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Spring 2006. Vol.29 No. 2.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

Trash Action: A Fresh Look at Garbage

Discover ways to reduce waste and eliminate overconsumption. Playful illustrations, photographs and a glossary make this call-to-action perfect for anyone who cares about our planet.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2007.

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