Be a Waste Warrior!
People everywhere are going green! In this series, we show readers how they can be warriors! Waste warriors, that is! Each book contains information on real waste problems along with tips on how readers can do their part in the battle to save Earth. Includes practical ways to reduce waste and reuse everyday items that typically get thrown away. To reinforce comprehension, we include step-by-step instructions to make a project of their own.
|Interest Level||Grade 3 - Grade 5|
|Reading Level||Grade 4|
|Series||Be a Waste Warrior!|
|Number of Pages||32|
|Dimensions||6.5 x 9|
Arlington ISD Review of Food Warrior: Going Green
This title is part of the six book “Going Green” series. It is a good resource for students who want to learn what they can do to help take care of the planet and address pollution and climate change. The focus is on “The Six Rs”: Refuse (e.g., straws), Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle, and Rot (an introduction to composting). The author does not mince words, but lets readers know the seriousness of our situation. However, she also gives plenty of suggestions for actions students can take to make a difference. The accompanying “Fact Surfer” web page allows students to research a little more.
Booklist Review of Clothing Warrior: Going Green
When your favorite pair of jeans gets too torn to wear anymore, what should you do? This entry in the Be a Waste Warrior! series (6 titles) offers numerous options, from patching to upcycling, that can help readers extend the life of their clothing and shop eco-consciously, whether thrifting or choosing brands that use recycled materials. Eye-opening statistics are scattered throughout the book in “What a Waste!” fact boxes, while the main text and “Warriors Can Try” suggestion boxes focus on realistic steps readers can take to make a positive difference through their fashion choices, such as opting for natural fibers rather than synthetics. Other topics addressed include the dangers of microfibers and problems associated with discarded sneakers and clothing hangers. An upcycling activity closes this action-driven primer.
SLJ Review of Be a Waste Warrior!
Adding on three additional Rs to the ubiquitous green phrase “reduce, reuse, recycle,” the new six Rs (refuse, reduce, reuse, repair, recycle, rot) express the impact everyday actions can have on the environment. The discussions one would expect are addressed such as single-use plastics, plastic bottles, composting, and biodegradable materials, but they are expanded upon and explained in greater detail. The books in this series shine a light on carbon offsetting, electronic waste, and material science as they relate to environmentalism. There is a refreshing offering of actions and swaps from washable menstrual pads to school-housed worm compost bins. Kids might not be able to have buying power for food selection or the ability to choose soaps/cleaners, but they can do classroom activities to make a difference. VERDICT Readers are encouraged to take action and be mindful about the choices they make from buying a toothbrush to washing their hair.
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