NATURE RECYCLES by Michelle Lord

NATURE RECYCLES

How About You?
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 5 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

Reuse and recycling happen throughout the natural world; you should do it, too.

Spread by spread, a collection of curious animal behaviors and the endless loop of the water cycle are offered as examples of recycling in the natural world. From a decorator sea urchin, protected by his collection of ocean refuse, to an Asian elephant’s meal of the banana leaf she first used as a fan, the text and slightly cartoony illustrations offer varied images of adaptive reuse. The animals are treated as individuals with intention. “Hermit crab helps keep the earth beautiful too.” A quiz in the end matter makes the point explicit: Animals “recycle for nests or shelters, camouflage or protection, as tools, or as nutrients.” Some may find this definition of recycling far-fetched and irresponsibly anthropomorphic, but the wide-ranging examples are intriguing. An elf owl makes its nest in an old woodpecker hole in a Sonoran Desert cactus. In the Indian Ocean, a veined octopus carries empty coconut halves to use as an emergency hiding place. In Africa, a dung beetle feeds its hatchlings “rhino poop.” The final page shows a diverse group of young humans washing a bicycle with rags from outgrown clothes. “I recycle. How about you?” But why humans should do this is not explained.

Well-meant but not convincing. (Informational picture book. 5-9)

Pub Date: Feb. 10th, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-60718-615-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Sylvan Dell
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2013




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