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Reuse, Recycle, Reinvent

by Sheryl Shapiro and Simon Shapiro
illustrated by Francis Blake

Green Book Festival Award, Honourable Mention

One can, two can. Who can? You can!
Using junk from the landfill site.
Rusty cans and wood and wire,
thrumming, strumming, day and night.

In this inventive new collection of verse, Sheryl and Simon Shapiro introduce readers to 13 everyday objects that have been ingeniously reimagined into something else altogether.

Color photographs of recycled objects are accompanied by lighthearted, jaunty poems in a variety of lengths and rhyming patterns. Kids will love identifying each reinvented item, and will marvel at how a shoe makes a great bird’s nest, how old tin cans make a guitar, or how a car can be transformed into a bed!

Complete with Francis Blake’s lively color illustrations, What Can You Do With Only One Shoe? will delight young readers while introducing the idea of recycling and repurposing in a new and innovative way.


“Tthe funny poems and colourful cartoons will draw readers in.”
—CM Reviews, 03/21/14

“A fun way to introduce recycling to young readers through colorful illustrations, fun pictures and whimsical poetry.”
—Book Girl, 05/12/14

“The ideas are useful . . . Even if they just get you started on “What could I do with that?” it’s worth the price of the book.”
—Journey of a Bookseller, 05/23/14

“The writing and art are laced with humour and engaging to readers.”
—Canadian Children’s Book News, 06/14

“Many of these way out ideas . . . should inspire young readers to invent ideas of their own.”
—Resource Links, 06/14

“Using lighthearted, fun rhymes and lively illustrations, What Can You Do With Only One Shoe? teaches kids the value of recycling and repurposing.”
—Open Book Toronto, 04/16/14

“A poetry book that could lead to great discussions about recycling and reinventing items.”
—Library Media Connection, 06/14


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