Michael Recycle

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Title: Michael Recycle
Authors: Ellie Bethel
Publisher: WorthWhile Books
Type: Picture Book
Level: Ages 4-8

While searching for a book about citizenship, I came across this clever environmentally friendly tale.

Written in catchy rhymes by Ellie Bethel, this treasure (printed on recycled paper) tells the story of superhero Michael Recycle, a green-caped crusader whose mission is to get communities to recycle and conserve.

Wearing an overturned colander on his head, he rallies a town whose residents had gotten “rather lazy” by helping them clean up their community.

I shared it with our Green Team, who gave it a 10-plus. Their favorite part was Michael’s Go Green Tips – simple ideas to get kids excited about conserving resources.

Use the book to create an action plan for your students to get involved in the recycling movement. Examples could be:

• Elmer’s Glue Crew, in partnership with WalMart, recycles empty glue bottles.

• The Drink Pouch Brigade collects empty Capri Sun and Honest Kids juice pouches.

• Office Depot and Staples both give $3.00 for every recycled printer ink cartridge.

• Ronald McDonald House wants tabs off soft drink cans.

If your students like this book as much as mine did, you’ll be glad to know that Michael Recycle Meets Litterbug Doug will be released in time for Earth Day.

Barbara Gruener is a school counselor at Westwood Elementary in Friendswood, TX, a finalist in the 2008 CEP National School of Character Award.

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