The Soda Bottle School: A True Story of Recycling and the Power of an Idea

The Soda Bottle School: A True Story of Recycling and the Power of an Idea


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In a Guatemalan village, students squished into their tiny schoolhouse, two grades to a classroom.

The villagers had tried expanding the school, but the money ran out before the project was finished. No money meant no materials, and that meant no more room for the students. Then one person got a wonderful, crazy idea: Why not use soda bottles, which were readily available, to form the cores of the walls? Sometimes thinking outside the box—or inside the bottle—leads to the perfect solution.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780884483724
Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers
Publication date: 08/09/2016
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 746,915
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 6 - 12 Years

About the Author

Laura Kutner is the real-life “Seno Laura” in The Soda Bottle School.

Suzanne Slade is the author of 100 books for children, including many titles on science topics. Suzanne holds a Mechanical Engineering degree, and has worked on Delta IV rockets and car braking systems before beginning her writing career. She lives in a suburb of Chicago with her husband and two children.

Aileen Darragh is a graphic artist and illustrator. She lives in Sanford, Maine, with her husband, her three girls, and their golden retriever Shadow. Her previous work includes To Touch a Cloud by Scott Arnold. Aileen provides volunteer graphic design services for her local library reading programs and for local school teachers. (Aileen is also a working mom, as assistant to the CEO of Dole & Bailey, Inc.) She and her kids love art projects of every kind: needlepoint, needlepunch, embroidery, sewing, beading, building doll houses, painting, drawing, and dyeing fabric. They have a chest of old clothes and love to dress up and put on impromptu plays (with the dog playing the prince when necessary). Black Beauty, the model for Give A Goat is owned by a friend of the family.

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