Monday, April 21, 2014

A Great Book for Earth Day: Last-But-Not-Least Lola Going Green

Today and tomorrow Sally's Bookshelf is celebrating Earth Day with two new "green" books.

Last-But-Not-Least Lola Going Green
by Christine Pakkala; illus by Paul Hoppe
192 pages; ages 7 - 10
Boyds Mills Press, 2013

Lola Zuckerman has a problem… she’s always last. At least in Mrs. D’s class where roll call is done by alphabetical order. Why can’t her name be Albertson, wonders Lola.

What Lola would like to do is be first. If she can’t be first on the roll call list, maybe she can be first in the Going Green contest. Lola covets the Going Green captain’s vest and the chance to eat lunch in the teacher’s lounge where (whispers her older brother) all they serve is candy.

But there’s a problem. When the teacher starts asking her classmates for “going green” ideas she begins at the top of the list, with A. And that means Lola has to wait for last to tell her idea….and all the good ones will be taken! But she does come up with something different – something that can be done right in the classroom, and something that will make a difference. I don’t want to ruin the surprise for you, but it has to do with slimy spinach. And runaway worms.

Come back tomorrow for a review of Another Great Book for Earth Day! And check out Archimedes Notebook all week for Earth Day resources and activities.
Today is Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday round-up. Drop by to see what other bloggers are reviewing.  Review copy provided by publisher.


  1. Sounds like a fun premise to explore the "Waiting until it's your turn" theme. Thanks for featuring these books to honor Earth Day.

  2. Sounds like a great way to tie in an important idea into a story for MGers.

  3. Love that you have an Earth Day book for today. This sounds like a fun one!

  4. What a simple but effective cover. A lot of kids are thinking about what they can do for the environment. They might like this book.

  5. This sound like something my granddaughter would really like. Thanks for telling me about it. I'll be checking it out.

  6. What a fun way to encourage teens to think Earth Day and about going green. I also like how she struggles with her name being last, but she comes up with the most creative idea.