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What happens when one small boy picks up one small piece of litter? He doesn't know it, but his tiny act has big consequences. From the miniscule to the universal, What Matters sensitively explores...
What happens when one small boy picks up one small piece of litter? He doesn't know it, but his tiny act has big consequences. From the miniscule to the universal, What Matters sensitively explores...
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  • What happens when one small boy picks up one small piece of litter? He doesn't know it, but his tiny act has big consequences. From the miniscule to the universal, What Matters sensitively explores nature's connections and traces the ripple effects of one child's good deed to show how we can all make a big difference.

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  • Alison Hughes is an award-winning author who writes for children of all ages and for adults. When she's not writing, she presents at schools, volunteers with family literacy, and bikes in the river valley. She lives in Edmonton with her husband and children, where her three snoring dogs provide the soundtrack for her writing. For more information, please visit www.alisonhughesbooks.com.

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  • Kirkus

    July 15, 2016
    A young boy picks up a piece of litter and changes the course of the day for many other living creatures.In the park, a soda can glints in the sun. The boy runs to pick it up and put it in the recycling bin. A smile lights up his face, but he does not know how much this one, tiny action really matters. A butterfly flutters in the sky after the boy's good deed is complete, appropriately hinting at the butterfly effect to come. In economical text, Hughes describes the many ways that others are affected by the boy's action. A "hungry, nibbly mouse" may have gotten sick from the can, or the storm drain may have clogged, flooding the flowers. "It mattered to seventy-three blades of grass" and one dandelion puff that the boy delicately blows. Hatam's spacious, digital illustrations show the two-toned black-and-white boy in the middle of a colored landscape. The story stretches beyond the confines of the park via the drain that the can cannot clog and a stream that will continue to flow freely all the way to the ocean, which can't now throw the can back onto the beach. In a spread full of joyful splashes of water, Hughes heralds: "He made the earth just a little more blue, a smidgen more green." A beguiling, environmental musing on how one small act can have far-reaching consequences. (Picture book. 4-8)

    COPYRIGHT(2016) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • School Library Journal

    October 1, 2016

    PreS-Gr 1-With childlike wonder, a boy discovers the benefits derived from recycling just one small, crumpled bright red aluminum soda can. Mixed-media illustrations depict parklike surroundings, a meandering pathway around grassy areas, trees, and flowers leading to the beach and vast seas. The child's kind act has a positive impact on a snail, an ant, a spider, a worm, a dog, a mouse, a bird, a dandelion, and 73 blades of grass, but even more than all this, the point is made that it is possible for all of us to have a beneficial influence on the world. Does the child understand the full impact of recycling the aluminum can appropriately? Not completely. Nonetheless, Hughes and Hatam make the powerful point that all children can help change the world and make "the earth just a little more blue, a smidgen more green." VERDICT A charming addition that teaches about the interrelationships in nature and the importance of recycling.-Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA

    Copyright 2016 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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