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A River Clean-Up Story

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ISBN: 9781646864980

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ISBN: 9781646868773

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Written by Joanne Linden
Illustrated by Estrellita Caracol

When community members work together with trucks and ships to clean up the town’s riverfront, an artist and her child hammer, chisel, weld and zap the found materials into something beautiful. Young makers will find inspiration in the playful, rhyming text and mixed media illustrations, while endnotes provide recycled-art activity ideas. Art project inspired by Steve Bateman, a graduate of Minneapolis College of Art and Design, who is based out of Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Key Selling Points:

  • COMMUNITY & TEAMWORK: Shows how neighbors can work together to improve their community.
  • STEAM: Gives readers a close-up look at sculptors at work and models finding inspiration for creativity in unlikely places. Endnotes provide ideas for art projects using recycled materials.
  • SUSTAINABILITY: Emphasizes the benefits of keeping our community water bodies clean and creating art from recycled or found materials.
  • TRANSPORTATION: Young vehicle lovers will delight in the land and water vehicles used to help clean up the shore.
  • ENDNOTES: Endnotes introduce many types of visual artists and provide ideas for art projects using recycled materials.

More Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.00 x 9.75 inches
  • Page Count: 32
  • Age Range: Age 3-7 years
  • Leveling: M / 2

Awards & Accolades

  • Nautilus Silver Winner, 2023
  • Honorable Mention, Green Earth Book Award, 2023

“An excellent addition to any environmentally conscious collection” – Children’s Lit

“What to do with junk, you ask? Townsfolk join together to collect the refuse clogging their river . . . This is an easy-to-understand tale about protecting the environment and using garbage for good, and readers will appreciate the community spirit at its heart” – Kirkus Reviews

“A friendly environmental lesson about an artist making beauty from trash” – School Library Journal

About the Contributors

Written by - Joanne Linden
Joanne Linden grew up in Kinney, a small town in northern Minnesota, USA, where everyone knew each other and children spent their free time at the small library or playing outside. Joanne loved to read picture books. She still does! Today, she lives in the woods of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA, and is the author of many books for children.
Illustrated by - Estrellita Caracol
When Estrellita Caracol was a child, she loved stars, books and cutting out shapes from paper . . . and none of that has changed! She studied graphic design until she realized that what she liked the most was telling stories through her art. Estrellita lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with her son and three cuddly cats. She loves to travel and make collages with artists young and old wherever she goes.

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