Kathleen Crawley spins a humorous and educational tale about litter and recycling in "Colonel Trash Truck." This rhyming story focuses on Colonel Trash Truck, who sweeps through the neighborhood picking up trash and defending the planet against litterbugs.
The rhythm of the story keeps a steady pace with just a few stumbling blocks. The Colonel teaches children how to separate recyclables and how to throw away all sorts of trash.
The illustrations are very vibrant, and illustrator Manuel Conde emphasizes deep greens and wonderful blues to make each page pop with color. My two-year-old son really enjoyed looking at the illustrations as I read the story to him. He's really into trucks right now (especially trash trucks) and loved each and every page of the book.
The only problem I have with the book is a short lesson on cleaning up rooms, making the bed and using tissues to clean your nose. While the lesson itself is a good one, I felt that these particular passages in the book threw off the rhythm set by the Colonel's trash chomping message.
With only this miscue, "Colonel Trash Truck" is a fun tale that teaches youngsters how to be responsible with waste. The book claims to be printed on the highest percentage of post consumer waste allowed by technology. At least they are attempting to practice what they preach, which is a lot more than I can say for many other companies and individuals who are using the "green" movement to fill their pockets with another type of "green."
Recommended to families with young children interested in trucks and any child who enjoys vibrant illustrations.
What a nice little book this is to teach children the importance of keeping our environment, town and home clean. In an era where we seem to be drowning in trash and plastic garbage, this message is becoming more and more important and we simply cannot begin the process of teaching our children and grandchildren this concept soon enough. The story centers around an army of trash trucks, led by Colonel Trash Truck, whose duty is to keep our streets and environment clean. The … more
The writing in 'Colonel Trash Truck' has a nice rhyming flow and this is a nice children's book. While writing is the #1 most important thing, I feel that illustrations in kids' books run a close 2nd, more like a 1a and 1b, with the artwork being the 1b. In this book, I feel like I am looking at pictures from a 1980s story that uninteresting and dated. They aren't bad, but if the artist was a lot more creative and went with something more unique, it would have made for a much better product. Having … more
Crawley, Kathleen. "Colonel Trash Truck", (illustrated by Manuel Conde), Big Tent Books, 2009. Winning the Garbage War Amos Lassen We live in an age where the importance of taking care of our trash is paramount. Colonel Trash Truck is out to win the garbage war. To him the world is a wonderful gift and it will only stay wonderful if we learn to appreciate it and protect it. We need to learn to recycle and it is his … more
Colonel Trash Truck is cleaning up the planet and recruiting kids into his clean and green army! This is a rhyming book that stars a talking trash truck. He picks up the trash and along the way tells children how important it is to be clean, not just about litter and garbage, but also with their homes and bedrooms. He lets them know about the importance of recycling and how it helps to preserve our planet. This is all done with colorful pictures and rhymes that are sometimes … more
If ever we are to correct the direction of salvaging the Green Planet, best to start with children. Kathleen Crawley wears a number of hats - sociologist, advertising executive, environmentalist - and now she reveals another aspect of her involvment with children and with her conviction of the importance of teaching pertinent values to the young reader. She has successfully entered the field of children's literature with a snappy little book featureing a character (with the excellent illustrative … more
Despite looking extremely cool, I have to admit that I'm a dork. I grew up on the outskirts of the small town of Oberlin, LA. I have since relocated to the Lake Charles, LA area.I love my home state … more
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Colonel Trash Truck is a likable, fun-loving hero who is extremely focused on his mission to win the garbage war. He sees the natural world as a beautiful gift that we all need to appreciate and protect. Colonel Trash Truck believes that cleaning up trash and recycling is something that we all must do, and he wants nothing more than to have kids join him in his quest. Read along to find out how he convinces kids to help clean up our world!