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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
The Bins of Cotteridge Down by Peta Lemon is dedicated to the common street bins, life's unsung heroes. Cotteridge Down was an old town situated in a corner of England. The streets were clean and all the children walked in a sensible line. The people were very helpful and they made sure there was no dirt on the streets. Cotteridge Down had not been a clean town earlier. It was always dirty and smelly. There was garbage on the ground and filthy old carpets and boots lay around. Things were flung out of the windows, nobody used the bins, and the smell was revolting. It was too much to bear so that even the rats packed up and left the place. Looking at the state of affairs and being angry about this, an empty street bin called a midnight meeting with the bins under the bridge. What did the bins do to make this old town as clean as it is now?
This delightful story tackles the topic of hygiene by keeping the premises clean. The story, told from the view of the street bins, is very original and innovative. The illustrations make the scenes vivid and palpable to young readers by breathing life into the story. It is a wonderful story to help children understand the concept of keeping their premises and town clean by using street bins instead of messing up the place by littering. It is a wonderful book for parents and tutors to read out loud to children and help them understand the importance of hygiene and keeping their surroundings clean. The rhyming verses give a good pace and movement to the story and make it lyrical.