Milk and Juice: A Recycling Romance

HarperCollins/Harper. Dec. 2021. 32p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780063021853.
PreS-Gr 3–In her picture book debut, Brown creates a love story that involves two refrigerator staples. The charming tale begins with the introduction of Milk and Juice in their refrigerator home. Tragically, they are separated by a well-meaning child just completing his recycling chores. Milk, in its various embodiments, treks around the world in search of Juice. Milk and Juice are recycled into various items until they are at last utilized together as plastic for a bench, where they will remain forever. Brown’s whimsical illustrations pair delightfully with the fairy-tale tone and appearance of the book. Brown refrains from gendering the main characters, allowing broad accessibility to the story.
VERDICT Charismatic illustrations and text pair beautifully for a love story with an earth-friendly twist in this excellent addition to a collection of environmental selections for young readers.

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