Title: The Adventures of an Aluminum Can: A Story About Recycling
Author: Alison Inches
Illustrator: Mark Chambers
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Year: 2009 (paperback)
Concepts: natural resources, capital resources
Review: Follow along the story of a speck of alumina that is mined, refined into aluminum oxide, processed into a sheet of aluminum, and then manufactured into an aluminum can. The can's adventure does not end here though, since its contents are eaten and the can is recycled. After an extensive cleaning and re-fabricating process, that speck of alumina becomes part of an aluminum baseball bat ready for use in the championship game.
Straightforward text and amusing illustrations help to keep the attention spans of young readers as they learn about going green and the recycling process. Parents and teachers can also introduce the concepts of natural and capital resources as they talk about what it takes to produce and recycle an aluminum can.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children