Join the No-Plastic Challenge!: A First Book of Reducing Waste

Kids Can. (Exploring Our Community). Sept. 2019. 32p. glossary. maps. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781525302404.
K-Gr 2–Nick is celebrating his birthday with a picnic on the island. He has been learning about plastic pollution and decides to challenge his friends to go all day without single-use plastics. From shopping for the party to playing in the sand, the five friends learn what plastic is made of, how it gets into our food chain, and so much more. In this seventh book in the “Exploring Our Community” series, Ritchie explains recycling in kid-friendly language while demonstrating that any effort will help our Earth become cleaner. On each double-page spread, the story and illustrations provide concrete examples of what the author is trying to convey while bold-typed explanations help readers understand the vocabulary and suggest actions that they can take in their own lives. The digitally rendered illustrations are bright and colorful, with maps and labels to assist emerging readers. End matter includes a glossary.
VERDICT This story leaves readers with hope that plastic pollution is being addressed by manufacturers and encourages everyone to take the “No-Plastic Challenge!” An excellent introduction to reducing waste for young readers.

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