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What Can You Do with an Old Red Shoe?: A Green Activity Book About Reuse: Anna Alter

By Amanda Lynch, The Children’s Book Review
Published: April 6, 2009

What Can You Do with an Old Red Shoe? An Activity Book About Reuse

By Anna Alter

Reading Level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (March 31, 2009)

April, as mentioned earlier, is National Poetry Month.  It is also Earth Month, which is why I was excited to find that What Can You Do with an Old Red Shoe? contained tips on how to recycle objects around the house, as well as a cute poem featuring a different animal character at the start of each activity.  Has your favorite shirt gotten too raggedy?  Ben the Badger turns his into a pillow!  Accidentally tear down a shower curtain?  Fred the Gator turns his into an art smock!  And who among us hasn’t experienced the plight of poor Jack the Bunny:

Jack’s blanket was stained,
it was damp,
it was done–
a mere ghost of a blanket
made pale from the sun.
The fabric had worn,
a soft gauze to the touch.
Jack gave it a squeeze
for he loved it so much.

In case you were wondering, Jack makes his blanket into a handkerchief–AND patches for worn blue jeans!

Unlike some craft books which contain activities that are a bit daunting, these are all simple and fun.  Some do require the help of an adult, which is a great way to get the whole family involved in recycling.  At the end of the book is a list of tips for recycling, all of which are kid-friendly.  The last activity struck a chord with me as well:  it suggests socially conscious ways of recycling “too many toys” by donating them.

Anna Alter is an art teacher, and was inspired to write this book based on her experiences with too much waste in the classroom.  Her book is a great way to introduce young children to recycling and reusing!

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<a href="https://www.thechildrensbookreview.com/weblog/author/amanda-lynch">Amanda Lynch</a> is a writer, editor, and blogger who grew up in Florida knowing she belonged somewhere else. She now lives in the DC Metro Area with her husband and three amazing little boys. She is the Eco-Friendly/Green Living Contributor over at the <a href="http://www.primeparentsclub.com/author/amandalynch/">Prime Parents' Club</a> and strives to live earth friendly in a world of disposable diapers. When not writing about Anabel and Jared or chasing around a curly-haired boy, she cheers for the Gators (in all kinds of weather) and occasionally remembers to sleep. You can also find her on <a href="http://www.facebook.com/AmandaLynchWriter">Facebook</a>, or on Twitter as <a href="http://www.twitter.com/thebookprincess">@thebookprincess</a>.

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