Reviews of What Can You Do with an Old Red Shoe?

"Recycling becomes lots of fun in this sprightly activity book. Alter offers 13 projects, and unlike some craft books, green or not, the finished projects are usually items kids will want to use. Each chapter begins with the question 'What can you do with . . . ?' From one flip-flop to a ripped shower curtain, from used wrapping paper to empty berry baskets, useless things become transformed: the flip-flop into a stamp for making art, the shower curtain into an apron, the wrapping paper into greeting cards, and the baskets into possession-holders . . . The instructions are clear and simple (adult help is noted when required), and what really makes this a a standout is Alter's adorable artwork featuring a coterie of animals at work and play. Short poems introduce each project."
– Booklist

"Alter suggests 12 projects that clearly show how items can be reused. For example, a single flip-flop can be turned into an art stamp. Each spread is devoted to an activity and begins with a poem that describes the demise of the item being recycled–“The waves came in creeping,/stealing, and sweeping–/they snatched Sarah’s flip-flop,/and took it away!” The step-by-step instructions are clear and concise, and the author does an excellent job of writing at the level of the intended audience. The instructions recommend adult help for cutting and sewing. The illustrations are of animals carrying out the instructions (raccoon, bunny, cat, etc.) and they are appealing . . . Tips for recycling and reuse are included. This is a great choice for environmental units and a valuable resource for parents interested in teaching their children about reuse at home.
– School Library Journal