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Book Review – The Adventures of an Aluminum Can

The Adventures of an Aluminum CanThe Adventures of an Aluminum Can: A Story About Recycling was written by Alison Inches and illustrated by Mark Chambers. This book is part of the “Little Green Books” series, which is a new eco-friendly series from Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.

This is a great story about recycling that is written in diary format from the perspective of a speck of alumina. The very enthusiastic narrator explains how she is mined from a layer of bauxite rock, refined into aluminum oxide, processed into a sheet of aluminum and molded into a can of fruit. After the can of fruit is consumed, the story continues and we learn how the can of fruit is recycled into a baseball bat.

This book is a good primer on recycling. While it doesn’t explain why people should recycle, or how recycling helps the environment, it does a good job of explaining the recycling process in general. The book is printed on 100% recycled paper, with 100% vegetable based inks. It is very easy to read and follow. A glossary of terms is included at the end to help explain some of the new words found within the book. The illustrations are bright, colorful and cartoon like.

I wasn’t sure that Z.E.N would like this one, but he did. He was able to follow along and loved the illustrations. He has asked me to read this one to him quite a few times.

I would highly recommend this book to younger children who are ready to learn about recycling.

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Publishing Details

· Reading level: Ages 4-8

· Paperback: 24 pages

· Publisher: Little Simon; Original edition (May 5, 2009)

· Language: English

· ISBN-10: 9781416972211

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Diane Nassy

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