Book Review: Watershed Adventures of a Water Bottle by Jennifer Chambers @hikingalongkids

Posted on May 6th, 2013 by & filed under Everything Miz Meliz

I loved the story of Scout, the little water bottle who takes an accidental adventure through the waterways of Washington D.C.

Author, Jennifer Chambers, takes us on a journey through the waterways and habitats of all the creatures Scout encountered along the community creeks and urban rivers in Washington D.C. all the way across the Atlantic Ocean to the shores of England. In a simple yet well told story, we are shown a new perspective about the ways in which animal life is threatened by the act of throwing away a non-biodegradable object in the “wrong” place. Readers are introduced to wildlife indigenous to the East Coast of the United States who personify the need for thoughtful respect of nature.

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The protective Blue Heron mamma warns, “The Earth is not an ashtray,” as she explains how cigarette butts and other garbage humans throw away can be hazardous and potentially lethal to her young.  Watershed Adventures of a Water Bottle serves as an educational accompaniment to Earth Day lesson plans and other presentations about protecting the environment. Jennifer Chambers adeptly brings the lesson to life for her middle school science classes with this story. The book subtly offers suggestions and tips on recycling and cleaning up the environment while gracefully explaining the reasons behind them. These are lessons everyone can learn and should be applied to our own lives to preserve the environment and protect the wildlife that live in our own waterways.

Jennifer Chamber’s book Watershed Adventures of a Water Bottle brings the animals and their individual stories to life in a way that even younger children can understand. Endearing and adventurous, Scout is swept up in the mouth of danger, yet is saved by a little girl. We can all do our part to be watershed heroes in our home towns, saving the “Scouts” in our life, just by making sure they go to the right place.

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Win a copy of the book from the author.  How to win:  List in the comments three items that can be placed in your recycling cart that will help to save our environment. Each answer will qualify for one entry in a traditional drawing.  All entries will be placed in a hat and a winner will be drawn by an innocent fun-loving child.  I will notify the winner and they will get an email from the author with instructions on how to receive a free copy of the book.  An additional entry will be added to the drawing if you can tell me the name of a river or creek in your local watershed area.

Useful Resources:

Recycling Instructions

The River Project


Disclaimers:  I received a copy of the book for free and I liked it.  This review is unpaid and entirely my opinion of the book after reading it. I will conduct a random drawing around May 31st and the winner will be notified by email.  

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18 responses to “Book Review: Watershed Adventures of a Water Bottle by Jennifer Chambers @hikingalongkids”

  1. Jennifer says:

    I love to hear when kids take responsibility and leadership for their reduction and recycling of consumables whether within their school or at home. They are watershed heros! Thank you all for your great comments. I had a lot of fun writing this book and am doing so promoting it. I love meeting people who are like-minded about being stewrds of our Earth. Please contact me if you’d like to feature it on your blog,
    Thanks so much for being great role models!

  2. My 8-year-old daughter is responsible for taking the recycling out to the bin, and she’s gotten very serious about her job, lol. If someone puts something recyclable in the trash, she’s right on it with a lecture. We recycle glass, cardboard, aluminum and paper.

  3. Jennifer says:

    We’re big recyclers of glass, plastic, paper and bad jokes;)

  4. Wendy Chen says:

    I am HUGE on recycling. Luckily our waste management (for trash pickup) even separates trash into 3 categories; trash, recycle, and yard waste.

  5. I think this is an excellent book. Timely as hell and a message, that sadly, needs to be repeated over and over.

  6. What a great idea for a book! I should have my son read it, as he’s homeschooled and this could fit right in his lessons. We recycle our fruit containers (like strawberry bins) to grow seedlings in, until they can go in the ground, along with any water bottles and all our condiment containers, milk cartons, you name it. We are big on recycling anything we can!

    • MizMeliz says:

      Bravo! I thought that this would be a great addition to any lesson plan, it opens up many avenues for discussion on wildlife, recycling, the environment, even geography! Thank you for your comment!

  7. We recycle aluminium, glass, plastics and paper. I have been thinking about starting to teach my kids about the importance of recycling and have been doing some searches for books to read to them. This one sound cute! We live near the LA River, although most of the time their is very little water flowing.

    • MizMeliz says:

      It’s true the LA River doesn’t have much water flowing, but trash gets stuck in our storm drains. It’s never too early to start talking about taking care of our environment. I think your kids will like this book. It’s precious!

  8. This book sounds great! Thanks for sharing 🙂
    I try to recycle plastic water bottles, magazines, and newspapers when I can!

  9. Carolyn West says:

    We always recycle all our glass, plastic and newspapers. Luckily, we live in California where they make it easy to do so. I know some other states don’t do as good a job.

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