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Where Do Recyclable Materials Go? / by Sabbithry Persad


Title: Where Do Recyclable Materials Go? 
Author:  Sabbithry Persad 
Publisher:  EcoAdventures
ISBN:  978-0-9812439-0-0
Year:  2011

Concepts: child schooling and work, markets, natural resources, producers/consumers

Review:  When Tiana’s dog Bubbles goes missing, her mom thinks Bubbles went in pursuit of the recycling truck. As Tiana and her brother Peter pile into their mother’s car to find Bubbles, they learn more about recycling from their mother. In following the path Bubbles took, their final destination is the Materials Recovery Facility, where they get a special tour of how the recycling facility operates.

Every page of this book is chock-full of information about recycling. On each spread, there’s the main text of the story as well as sidebars and tidbits of information offering various facts about waste and recycling. Young readers will not miss the message about the need for reducing, reusing, and recycling. The supplemental materials at the back of the book provide various questions and activities that could be used by parents or educators to further augment the lessons contained in the story.

Within the larger context of the limited availability of natural resources, the book also highlights economic points in regards to the recycling industry. For instance, on the tour, Tiana and Peter learned that the recycled materials are weighed and priced according to market standards. At the end of the book, children are made aware of purchasing power and are encouraged to buy products made from recycled materials in order to maintain the cycle.

Review by:  Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

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