Don’t Throw it Away by Keb’ Mo’, illustrated by Charlie Astrella

Don’t Throw it Away by Keb’ Mo’, illustrated by Charlie Astrella, Published by Flowerpot Press, 9781486721092, 2021

Format: Hardcover, 32 pages

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Picture book-Recycling

What did you like about the book? Kinesthetically illustrated, pictures in this whimsical tale are sure to convert readers to the importance of recycling.  The narrative of this tale is based on a folk song by Keb’ Mo’, a jaunty tune that will have listeners tapping their feet and singing along with the refrain, “You’ve got to use it again, Baby, don’t throw it away!”  Centered on the need for keeping our planet clean, this tale begins with the history of the inventor of plastics.  Engaging images help to carry along the theme of recycling and its importance to our planet and all of its inhabitants.  Along with the music this title would be a hit for Earth Day celebrations.  Back-pages contain information on how to recycle, how to reuse materials as well as ways to use clean energy.  Also, for every book sold a tree will be planted!

Anything you didn’t like about it? Some of the rhyme is a little forced. 

To whom would you recommend this book? Young readers, grades K to 5 who enjoy stories in rhyme and saving the planet will enjoy this tale.

Who should buy this book?  Educators in elementary schools or story time presenters might have a use for this story during Earth Day.

Where would you shelve it? Picture book-Recycling

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  I feel that this title would reside near the top of the “to read” pile.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Elena Schuck, Nathaniel H. Wixon Intermediate School, Dennis, Massachusetts

Date of review: June 25, 2021

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