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Reviewed by Cherei McCarter for Readers' Favorite
The Recycling Party is written by Anat Gonen and illustrated by Yaara Eshet. The two main characters, Benjy and Emma, go about repurposing items that they find around their own home and neighborhood that are about to be thrown away. The children just cannot accept that everything goes into the trash. They come up with very inventive and creative ways to repurpose all sorts of items that most families routinely toss into the garbage without any thought of where it will end up once it’s dumped into the trash bin.
The illustrations are an absolutely adorable collage of what appears to be “used paper.” I love that the illustrations incorporate the theme of recycling. It’s a rather novel approach to illustrating pictures for a book. There are so many ways to come up with repurposing what others would term garbage. What is one person’s trash really is another person’s treasure. This book will ignite the imaginations of children. I’m sure they will soon be looking around their own home and seeing what is being tossed into the garbage bin and thinking of new ways that they can repurpose spaghetti sauce jars and even the lone sock that seems to have lost its mate. I highly recommend The Recycling Party to parents and children that are concerned about our world and the need to follow the basic environmental theme of reduce, recycle and repurpose.