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Not for me, please!: I choose to act green

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Join Luke on his journey to protect what he loves with this engaging children's picture book about sustainability and acting green. After noticing the damage caused to the environment and animals due to trash and waste, Luke decides to take action. He believes he can have a big impact on the world around him and invites his readers to join him!

Using his phrase, ‘Not for me, please!’ Luke role models how children can harness their inner super-hero and help protect the environment. He introduces the concept of Recycle, Reduce, and Reuse through relatable examples children can understand. The rhyming story is catchy and the illustrations are captivating.

Let's choose to recycle, reduce, and reuse;
and with my strong phrase, there's no way we lose!
Here are some examples to show what I mean,
and how you can join me and begin to act green.

Interesting facts, definitions, and statistics can be found in 'info' boxes throughout the book. The info boxes give a wonderful chance for rich discussions on sustainability, choices, and change at home, in kindergarten, elementary schools, or in reading groups.

At the end of the book, there is a reflection section to prompt dialogue about the topics covered in the environment, sustainability, zero waste, impact of plastic, climate change, what it means to recycle, reduce, and reuse, single use plastic, water and energy conservation, and acting green. Children can put in their own words what they have learned and how it applies to them.

Not for me, please! I choose to act green is ideal for children age 5, age 6, age 7, age 8, and age 9.

Grab your copy in time for Earth Day today!

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Published April 16, 2018

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Maria Godsey

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Author 21 books345 followers
September 24, 2020
Even the youngest kids who can read, can start to be greener and make their own choices. Through Luke's journey we see the harm done by discarded trash and the many better options which exist. Each page has a colourful picture, a rhymed few sentences, and underneath a small-print explanation with longer words. This may be helpful to adults.
I enjoyed this cheerful little read and I suggest it would go down well with a class or Scouts, or for a family discussion point. The main theme is giving the child agency, so they know it is okay to refuse a plastic straw or bottled water.

I downloaded an ARC from the author. This is an unbiased review.
Profile Image for Lieve Snellings.
Author 6 books86 followers
March 25, 2019
This is THE school tool to educate 6–9 y kids on environment.

If you search for a children’s book that explains, what is our responsibility and what can we do, for the environment, then you have found the book you were looking for!

The illustrations in the book are wonderful.
The story s written in rhyme. It’s a nice, an easy to read narrative, that entertains and drawn the children's attention. I love the way that at the bottom of each page, the author explain more to the children (and adults) so they have a better idea of what is going on by pollution and what we all can do. The questions at the end of the book can be used as a good guideline for parents, teachers, caretakers, grandparents… to discuss with their kids.

While and after reading ‘Not for me, please! I choose to act green’ my first reflection was that because of this all, this book needs to be in the school program (6-9 y) everywhere, it is THE tool to use in schools.

Do you have it already in your school library? No, well go out and get it, you will not regret!
3 reviews
October 19, 2019
Great content!

I love the examples the author uses throughout the book and the added facts at the bottom of the pages! My kids have started asking me every time we go food shopping, if we can use our reusable bags instead of the plastic ones! I Love how this book is changing our family habits!
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Author 18 books31 followers
April 23, 2019
This book is for me, please!

I really enjoyed this book. The illustrations were beautiful. The rhymes had good rythm. And the message was perfect and practical for kids- take little steps, by saying "no" to plastic waste, to help make our world a better place.
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36 reviews
February 8, 2020
The message does cover the current best practices for going green, so for educational purposes, it’s pretty good. As a read aloud though, it is neither captivating nor entertaining, coming across as a thinly disguised lecture rather than a story to share.
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54 reviews1 follower
July 11, 2020
Great book to introduce youngsters to recycling!

I did enjoy what I could read. The font needs to be larger and/or darker. Parts of it I could not read at all because of this issue.

Would I read this to a child? Most definitely - if the print was larger and/or darker I would!
1 review2 followers
April 22, 2020
Very good! I recommend.

This book is packed with very good information that is easy for kids to understand. Bought for Earth day and my kids really felt inspired.
2 reviews
June 16, 2020
Excellent book to be shared with parents and children. Colorful pictures draw you into the story.
Provides material for discussion and action.
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84 reviews11 followers
October 22, 2020
Found it looking for a book to read with my K students tomorrow to talk about recycling. Really liked it. I think they'll enjoy it.
April 19, 2021
Not for me, please!: I choose to act green was written by Marian Godsey and illustrated by Christoph Kellner. It was published April 16, 2018 by CreateSpace Independent. It is a fiction picture children’s book, but the story line behind is nonfiction. This book is about learning how to go green. I think this would be an amazing read aloud for students explaining how we can come together to protect the environment. There are many activities that I could branch off of from this read aloud that could allow students to be hands on. I think the language and illustrations used for this book allows students to create an image in their heads and propose questions about going green.
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