10 Things I Can Do to Help My World by Melanie Walsh

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The nonfiction picture book 10 Things I Can Do to Help My World by Melanie Walsh (CAndlewick, 2012) uses lots of empty space, along with simple illustrations, to tell how the narrator (assumed to be a child) helps reduce use of lights, water, and paper, as well as unplugging appliances, recycling, and reusing materials.

With large page flaps, the pages also have another small line of text with a sentence explaining why doing so helps the world. For example, when the narrator explains that he turns off the water when he brushes his teeth, the fact says, “Every time you do this, you save 18 glasses of water.”

This an easy and enjoyable read aloud for both the teacher and the student with the the bright pages,  a running narration, and facts.

Reviewed on October 25, 2023

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

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