Global warming is currently one of the most important environmental issue facing mankind and as parents, we can help make a difference through many ways. For one, we can educate our children on the importance of conservation through recyclable books like William Is Going Green.
William The Garbage Truck & Crew was borne out of James Martin II’s personal experience and passion for conservation. With the help from his creative 4 year old son, James Martin III, William Is Going Green made its debut in the series from William The Garbage Truck & Crew.
This book comes in hardcover and focuses on the main character William, a hardworking smoky white garbage truck. One day, William lost his job as his engine was emitting too much smoke and polluting the environment. Thus, he had to go from city to city in search of a new job. He finally found himself in a beautiful city called Jamestown and was told that there was work available to him provided that he traded in his engine for a new hybrid one. Find out how an act of kindness turn things around for William by reading the book! 😉
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Lather.Rinse.Repeat – If you have smaller kids that you’d like to read some stories to with some lessons about being more earth-friendly, your child may enjoy William and his cat friend Gage. My own kids have loved Bob the Builder and Thomas the Tank Engine. William the Garbage Truck & Crew may very well appeal to this same group of kids.
Atomic Mama – This is a wonderful book for teaching little ones about “going green” – even better is that this book is only the first in a series!
Laura Williams’ Musings – A short and sweet book for children about recycling and conserving our natural resources. The book leads up to how and why William goes green and how. The recycling message is short but it’s written with 3 key tips/ideas that children can do to help.
Rockin’ Mama – I thought this book was sweet and helpful for a young child to understand how we are slowly phasing out old technology to help make our environment healthy. My 4 year old was probably a little young for the message, but she enjoyed the story and the cute illustrations. I would recommend this book for children 5 years and older, especially boys. It is a great tool to teach about technology and our need to help the environment.
Red Sox Mommy – Reading William is Going Green with your children teaches them different ways they can help our world be a little greener and it opens up the doors for you to have discussions about other things they can do to improve the quality of our environment.
Bookroomreview’s Weblog – My son loves trucks so he was really excited to read it. I think it was a bit over his head at age four, but would be ideal for older children to learn about conservation and the environment. He gives three very practical tips for children. The illustrations by Don Berry were colorful and engaging.
Mott’s Island – In a nutshell, a clean and simple book, with easy-to-read words and importantly, a powerful message to young kids, illustrated in a fun, engaging and colorful manner. I found it funny how his eyebrows turned from brown to green too!
Just A Mom’s Take On Things – My older girls sat through the book while I read it to them for the first time, and have read it on their own many times since. They especially like the character of Gage, the cat that William rescues near the end of the book. It doesn’t hold my toddler’s attention as well yet – but then again, nothing really does – yet. I’m looking forward to seeing future books in the series, and reading more about William and his new crew of environmentally-friendly trash haulers.
Mom 2 BB Reviews – I like that William Is Going Green provides children simple tips such as to turn off the light when sleeping and not to let the water run when brushing teeth. These are easy and do-able steps that can encourage children to join the fight against global warming. I also noted that The Crew in the story comprises of a variety of ethnicities and both genders which is great for children like mine who lives in a multicultural country.
I Know Everything, Just Ask My Hubby – We enjoyed the book. The story is written in words that would be easy for young children to understand. I read this story to my youngest and we had fun. The book contains lots of well drawn, colorful images that grabbed CJ’s attention. Making sound effects to go with the sound words like VROOM and BANG was fun. I recommend this book to anyone whose child is starting to enjoy reading independently or anyone who reads to children. It provides reinforcement to a message that we as parents and educators need to teach today’s children.
Chefdruk Reviews – It is a beautifully illustrated book, all the trucks and even the houses have expressive faces. The story is captivating and educates kids about what they can do to help the environment in a natural non-heavy handed way. Although I sat down to read the story to my 4 1/2 year old son, my 7 year old daughter soon joined us. They both declared it a winner. And let me tell you, that’s quite a compliment for a truck book from a first grade girl.
My Greening – This is a 38-page, hardcover book is a great pick for young children (I’m speaking as a mom of two vehicle-loving boys!). It is written for children aged 3-8 and features engaging, full-color illustrations.
Lalagirl Reviews – Little readers can learn all about energy efficient hybrid garbage trucks, and how William had to change his ways in order to become “green” – like so many of us, right?
Just My Tots – Big theme for a children’s story book isn’t it? But the author’ poetic & rhythmic writing style is very easy to follow even for a 3 year old child. And the writer’s ability to move effortlessly from one subject to another (eg, from engines, to everyday lifestyle and to helping others) keeps reading fun and interesting for the young reader.
Busy Mommy Product Reviews – At first a smoky white garbage truck, William learns about conservation, makes friends, learns lessons and eventually transforms to a green hybrid recycling truck committed to the fight against global warming. It does talk about being more environmentally friendly, but it is presented in a child friendly way.