Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it teaches the ULTIMATE RECYCLING STORY!
By Artie Bennett
Illustrated by Mike Moran
36 pages – ages 4+
Published by Blue Apple Books on March 27, 2012
Theme/Topic – Ummm…
poop … Hmmm (*thinking*)… OK I had to ask my parents on this one Non-fiction / Books for Boys / Recycling
Opening and Synopsis –
“I’m Professor Pip Poopdeck. Welcome aboard!
We’re exploring a substance that most have ignored.
An icky-poo subject that folks don’t care to visit.
Quite putrid and shocking and horrid… or is it?“
Well Professor P. takes two kids (a boy and a girl) on the journey of learning about types of poop and uses for it! He goes on about how farmers use it for fertilizer and how people use it for houses and heat! Animals use it to mark their territories and seeds travel in animal poop. You really get the scoop on poop!
Why I liked this book –
I liked this book because of my sister’s reaction to it. I had the book sitting on my desk and she came by and picked it up and started reading it and I quote -
“Oh, that’s got to stink!”
“EW! That’s GROSS!”
“HEY THIS BOOK IS ALL ABOUT POOP!”
After she got over the shock of a book about poop, she read the whole thing… twice and was really into learning about all the ways poop can be useful. Besides me laughing hysterically at the book, the illustrations are great. The flow of the story and the rhyme is AWESOME! Plus the story really teaches you something! Who would have ever thought you could use poop in so many ways?!? It just tells us that we can recycle all kind of things! If you want a chuckle-filled educational book, this is the book to turn to! I really think kids 4+ will LOVE LOVE LOVE this book (or at least have a funny reaction )!
Activities and Resources –
RECYCLE! Recycle by taking a thing usually headed for a nearby dump and turning it into something else! In first grade, my teacher had us do a project like this. I made a toy submarine out of an old plastic bottle! Just recently Josie recycled an old cheese box and turned it into a jewelery box! Look! -
The home improvement store LOWES is also joining in the fun! My parents ordered some lights from them and when they were delivered to our house, the boxes they came in were designed so that kids would reuse them. One of the boxes was made so you can make it into a puppet show stage.
It even came with puppets to cut out and color. We made a couple of our own too.
Another box we got was made so you can make a robot costume!
Another idea is I made a paperclip and rubber band holder for my mom out of an old flower pot.
There are a ton of things you can do with stuff that is being thrown away.
A great activity is to have your kids try it! Get a piece of trash headed for the dump and make something useful out of it!
Sue Morris of Kid-Lit Reviews reviewed this book not too long ago. If you want an adults opinion, check her review out HERE.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!
***UPDATE – It seems that great minds think alike because Nessa Morris of the Opening a Can of Bookworms blog also reviewed Poopendous today! Check out her review HERE!