CM . . . . Volume XVIII Number 15 . . . . December 9, 2011
In Sigmund Brouwer’s early chapter book, Justine McKeen, Queen of Green, he creates a main character that is smart and persuasive. The local ice cream shop owner does not recycle his garbage. Justine, with her friends from school, creates a plan that will help him to see the error of his ways and get him to cooperate in a green project built in his parking lot.
Justine and her friends have so much enthusiasm for reusing and recycling, and are so articulate in their message, even to a readership under nine-years-old, that readers of this book might find themselves looking for ways to recycle in their own lives. Illustrations by Dave Whamond convey the emotion and detail of the scene to help young readers to connect with what they are reading. His depiction of a pop-bottle greenhouse is especially helpful.
Robert Groberman is a grade two teacher at Kirkbride Elementary School in Surrey, BC.
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