In this fifth installment in Allan Drummond’s picture book series about green living, a town in Japan takes a stand against its throwaway past and shows that it really does take a village to make sustainable change.
Kamikatsu, Japan is known worldwide for its sanitation innovations. This small community of 1700 people is leading the way in recycling and up-cycling, and as of 2022, had nearly achieved its goal of zero waste. Told in Allan's hallmark narrative style, Zero Waste is the story of a group of citizens who dared to break out of their comfort zone and make radical change for the good of their town and the planet. Through the eyes of two children visiting their grandmother, this inspiring addition to the author’s acclaimed Green Power series about everyday communities inventing exciting new approaches to green living shows that working together for a common cause has an impact that is lasting, meaningful—and fun!
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
“This latest in Drummond’s Green Power series, which explores successful sustainability projects, highlights a Japanese town committed to careful recycling, reuse of what they have, and reduction of further purchasing. As always, he tells his story in ways that will connect with his audience. Using clear, conversational prose punctuated with cheerful, color-washed pen-and-ink drawings and even some speech bubbles, he describes two children’s visit to their grandmother in Kamikatsu . . . Charmingly encourages our own environmental efforts.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The fictional story offers children a way to connect with the ideas and facts . . . while Drummond’s illustrations set a jaunty tone. The fifth in his Green Power series, this picture book shows the challenges and rewards of living in a zero-waste town.” —Booklist
“Drummond expands his Green Power series with this inspiring account of the citizens of Kamikatsu, Japan, and their zero-waste goal . . . Loosely marked art has calligraphy-like movement and flair. Appropriately focused on community members, illustrations showcase the story’s emphasis on how working together can help solve even seemingly impossible environmental problems.” —Publishers Weekly
“Inspiring.” —Horn Book