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Author: Hughes, Alison
Illustrator: Hatam, Holly
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Year Published: 2016
ISBN: 9781459809109
Grades: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Kindergarten

What Matters

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In What Matters, even the smallest effort, by the youngest of earth’s inhabitants, can make a difference to the health and beauty of our planet.  With limited text and rich vocabulary, Edmonton author, Alison Hughes, explains how the single recycling effort of one small boy has a ripple effect that affects not only the immediate environment (e.g. insects, birds, landscape) but has a far-reaching impact on rivers and oceans miles away.
A good read-aloud for Kindergarten – Grade 2 to introduce the topic of recycling and litter; a conversation starter for the Grade 4 Science topic of Waste in our World.  This is a story that will introduce the concepts of cause and effect, and making a difference.  Children will see that their small effort can make a big difference beyond their own neighbourhood.

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