Anne Helen Donnelly
32pp., hbk., RRP $A20
Ori the Octopus loves his home but he hates it when his friends leave rubbish everywhere. They are quite willing to help him clean up when he asks but within a week it’s just as bad as it was! So this time as they clean up again they think of ways they can recycle and reuse their rubbish so that they are not only making it easier for themselves, but also helping the environment.
This easy-to-read story with its repetitive action sequences and bright, bold pictures is primarily for early childhood, showing our youngest students that they are never too young to make a difference, although my experience is that once they are aware of the possibilities, it is the very young who are most diligent and bad habits and laziness are more likely to be those who are older. Nevertheless, providing information and instilling good habits from an early age can only be a good thing as we become more and more aware of the problem of waste and litter, particularly with the removal of single-use items in the spotlight.
Perfect for preschool, especially if there is a discussion about what might happen if Ori’s friends don’t clean up and this is extended into speculation about the playground, their bedrooms or their homes.