This spirited book celebrates the joys of recycling. Mama is the creative force here, turning beribboned bicycle tires into basketball hoops and spatulas into roof shingles. When her zealous scavenging fills up the front yard with too many old tubas, refrigerators, sofas, and canoe paddles, her children beg her to stop. But, ever the eccentric visionary, Mama perseveres until she has built a found-object house worthy of press coverage and a marching band. Her final coup is a handmade rocket ship in which she flies her children round and round the world, emphasizing the what-goes-around-comes-around theme of the book. Van Laan (The Tiny, Tiny Boy and the Big, Big Cow, 1993) manages to keep this story light and joyful without ever getting preachy about recycling. The rhymes do not always read easily, but Westcott's funny, cartoonish illustrations keep things lively enough that it doesn't really matter. The end result is a humorous book about the afterlife of everyday objects, and a creative look at an important issue.