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Monday, April 18, 2011

Book Review: Arthur Turns Green

Author/Illustrator: Marc Brown
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Interest Level: Ages

From the Book Jacket: Arthur is full of ideas when it comes to doing his part to save the planet. But is he actually turning green?

Arthur comes home from school and begins sneaking around the house, taking notes and taking about a Big Green Machine. D.W. is suspicious of her brother's weird behavior, and when Arthur shows up late for dinner with green hands, she really gets the creeps! Will the Big Green Machine get her, too? Find out how Arthur's secret project convinces his entire family to turn green!

Why It's On My Bookshelf: Do your kids know what it means to Go Green? Well, your favorite aardvark is back after nearly a decade to teach them. It's Earth Day this Friday, April 22nd and all of our classrooms are taking on school wide green projects. I started reading Arthur Turns Green today to help honor Friday and a majority of kids had no idea what it meant to be green. We get to learn through Arthur's little sister D.W. just what this going green stuff means. She thinks the Big Green Machine is out to get her family. Lots of chuckles from students as they realized her perspective on the concept was all wrong. The story has a humorous element to it which author Marc Brown does so well in all of his Arthur books. If you want to teach about Earth Day or just encourage kids to be mindful of their everyday habits....Arthur is your guy.

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  1. I just saw this at the bookstore - definitely have to buy it for my library!

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