Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Review (What Can You Do With an Old Red Shoe?)

I was delighted to recently win a copy of What Can You Do With An Old Red Shoe from Katie's Literature Lounge.  I have been reading about it often on the Blue Rose Girls site, and in many positive reviews during a blog tour around the time of Earth Day.  I think some of my frugal/thrifty mom readers might really enjoy this one.

What Can You Do with an Old Red Shoe?: A Green Activity Book About Reuse (Hardcover), by Anna Alter. This environmentally-friendly craft book features suggestions for repurposing every day objects like old shoes, shower curtains, and used wrapping paper into fun activities and useful items. The ones we're most likely to try: melting down old bits of crayon to create crayon cubes and using old wrapping paper to create new greeting cards. The table of contents helpfully stars activities that require adult assistance, and the last few pages contain additional information about supporting reuse and recycling, as well as hand-sewing tips. All of these ideas are illustrated by charming little crafty animals demonstrating the projects.


"The waves came in creeping, stealing, and sweeping -- they snatched Sarah's flip-flop, and took it away! The shoe went afloat, like a pink plastic boat, and some lazy old crab had a ship for a day! What can you do with one flip-flop?"

Bookworm's interest at 18 months: While he is obviously too young to read it, I was surprised by how much he enjoyed flipping through this book when it arrived in the mail. I also think he'd enjoy some of these projects, with a lot of assistance of course.

Author Anna Alter has also launched her own site dedicated to recycling, reuses, and crafts.  You can check it out here.  


Anna Alter said...

Hi there,

Thanks for having my book on your blog! I'm glad it will be put to good use with your little one.


Green Mamma said...

I so enjoy books that show children how to reinvent items again and again. I forget the title, but there is a wonderful story about a man who used and reused a jacket or vest until in its final years, he used it as a handkerchief.