It’s a rare treat for this English major to review a children’s book that teaches such a lasting lesson. With fresh rhymes, colorful illustrations, and important lessons, you cannot go wrong with “Where in the World is Away?” by author, musician, filmmaker, and humanitarian Michael Franti. The book is a thought-provoking journey that makes children responsible for the planet on which we live.
CW, with his perpetual fascination of vehicles, is a bit obsessed with garbage and recycling trucks as you can imagine. “Where in the World is Away?” follows a recycled bottle to the recycling plant where it is turned into “goo” and then into something else again. It reminds children (and parents) to reduce, reuse, and recycle, because although you may throw that bottle “away,” it is really just “somewhere else.” Lee and Lou and Mo the Crow show the reader how trash is affecting the plants and animals around us, and increasing our own footprints on the Earth. Teaching the benefits of recycling, “Where in the World is Away?” is my new favorite book about the impact of garbage on the things around us.
The book even comes with a CD for a musical “read-along,” which CW immediately asked if we could “do that again!” And although I didn’t think it was possible, the book gets better! It is printed and manufactured in the United States; printed with environmentally friendly soy ink; and printed on elemental chlorine-free (ECF), sustainably harvested, recycled stock! So, if the prospect of a recycling-focused children’s book with catchy rhythm and cute characters isn’t enough for you, hopefully you will be impressed by such an environmentally friendly process to create the book! Get your copy here. Your child and the Earth will thank you!
Kristin is a former high school English teacher and show choir geek enjoying time as a stay-at-home mom to CW and new baby brother MD.
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