OK GO written and illustrated by Carin Berger (Greenwillow Books)

June 30, 2009 at 6:52 pm Leave a comment

OK“Go,” launches the reader into inventive collages.  The number of cars and people multiply with each turn of the page.  The inevitable comes.  A big “Uh Oh!” looms in an ominous sky, smog-filled, and   hangs from heavy clouds in a double page spread.  Transportation stops and is re-thought.  People “GO” again as new, greener modes of transportation emerge and are illustrated in a spread that folds out with many clever suggestions; “Take a bus, Gus,”, “Ride a bike, Ike and Mike,”, “Don’t Pollute, Man-in-a-suit,”, “Save the Planet, Janet.”  This simple and creative picture book will surely inspire very young readers about recycling concepts and the importance of “going green.”  The outstanding artwork, almost a cousin to the “I Spy” series, is made of found materials; newspapers, magazines, buttons, tickets stubs, old letters and other found objects.  The author includes suggestions to help recycle at home, at school, and in the community.  Also provided are other interesting books and web sites.  An excellent choice to convey environmental issues for pre-schoolers and Kindergarteners.

Picture Book Ages 2-5, Anne Beier (Hendrick Hudson Free Library)

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