Monday, November 21, 2011

Celebrating Picture Books: Sheila Says We're Weird

Week three of picture book month features a visit to some neighbors that live life a bit differently from what most kids perceive as “the norm”.  

Sheila Says We're Weird
By Ruth Ann Smalley; illus. by Jennifer Emery
Ages 7 - 12
Tilbury House 2011
Sheila’s neighbors don’t toss laundry in the dryer; they hang it on the line. Her neighbors use a push mower, plant a garden and toss used tea bags in the worm bin.

“That’s really, really weird,” Sheila says.

Sheila’s neighbors chop vegetables for soup instead of opening a can. They ride bikes to the library, patch their jeans and rake leaves on top of the garden to protect plants for winter. And it’s all weird, to Sheila. The funny thing is… Sheila never misses an opportunity to pick strawberries from the garden and she never turns down a bowl of hot homemade soup.

By the end of the book Sheila realizes that her neighbors are happy with what they have. And she wants to share! This is a great story to introduce simple things any kid can do to reduce, reuse and recycle. What a great introduction to the concept of “green living”.

Review copy provided by the publisher.

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