The village of Cotteridge is a lovely place. Clean and neat. A nice place to live. Until one day, the folks who live there started getting careless. A discarded wrapper, a piece of rubbish that didn’t quite land in the trash bin, and so on. It’s just a small thing, no one will mind if it doesn’t get thrown away properly, right? As the townsfolk begin their slide into slovenliness, things in town get even uglier. At one point even the rats packed their bags and left town! That’s when the trash bins, who have stood empty for so long, take things in hand. Soon the village is tidy and neat again.
This latest offering from Peta Lemon is a charming lesson for all ages. Told in rhyming verse and beautifully illustrated by Maria Dasic Todoric, the story sets forth its lesson of environmental stewardship for all without being preachy. The length of the book is long enough to maintain interest but not overly long. I would recommend this story for youngsters over the age of four or younger if being read to. A great early reading book.
Each of Ms. Lemon’s stories (The Fed-Up Cow, Timmy and the Toilet, and now The Bins of Cotteridge Down are exceptional tales for your young reader. (Grownups enjoy them too!) A great gift for the youngster.
Note: I received an ARC from the author.
Rating: 5 stars