Title: Just Grace Goes Green
Author and Illustrator: Charise Mericle Harper
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Concepts: child schooling and work; markets and competition; natural resources; wants/needs
Review: Third grader Just Grace returns for a fourth outing, still empathy empowered and still drawing cartoons to illustrate her days. This time Ms. Lois is passionated about teaching her students the three R's: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Grace teams up with her best friend, Mimi, for a class project about recycling. Before the project is finished, Grace learns why conservation is important, goes to the best restaurant ever, and tries to help Mimi cope with the disturbances caused by a cousin's visit.
As Grace learns about ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle, so does the reader. Grace tries small things like turning off lights, and larger things like a yard sale. Her final project, involving the reuse and recycling of water bottles, is well detailed. Grace's efforts serve as a model for young readers who also want to go green. The book itself gets readers off to a good start by being printed on recycled paper.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children