Garbage Trucks Teach Children to Save the Environment in New Earth Day Book, 'Colonel Trash Truck'

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Author Kathleen Crawley's Colonel Trash Truck and his Clean and Green Team of garbage trucks teach children how to help save the environment in her new book "Colonel Trash Truck…Keeping the Planet Clean and Green," released just in time for Earth Day.

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Along with his Clean and Green Team of garbage trucks, he wants children to help him in his mission.

Parents have a new way to teach children how to save the environment with the story of one of the world's most eco-friendly garbage trucks in author Kathleen Crawley's new children's book "Colonel Trash Truck…Keeping the Planet Clean and Green."

Colonel Trash Truck is a likable, fun-filled character who is extremely focused on his mission to win the garbage war. Crawley wrote the book, illustrated by Manuel Conde, for kids ages 3 to 6, with the goal to teach them early on in life to recycle and pick up trash, just in time for Earth Day 2009.

Being green is one of the most important issues today, but the number of those who actually recycle is estimated to be as low as 20 percent and as high as 50 percent. Why isn't everyone recycling? Could it be that the older people get the less likely they are to start a new, good habit? If so, how do parents get kids to recycle and pick up trash early so that they will continue through adulthood?

Enter Colonel Trash Truck. Crawley noticed there are few things that really catch kids' attention and believes imaginary, humorous characters are the best way to grab their interest and affect their behavior. She also noticed just how much kids love trucks, especially trucks that visit the house every week -- garbage trucks.

"There's no better way to teach kids to respect and save the environment than to introduce them to Colonel Trash Truck," Crawley says. "'Colonel Trash Truck' appeals to children with its fun rhymes, vibrant illustrations and superhero-like persona. Colonel Trash Truck believes cleaning up trash and recycling is something we all must do and he wants nothing more than to have kids join him in his quest to 'Keep the Planet Clean and Green'."

Check out this video for an introduction.

States GreenMuze.com: "Colonel Trash Truck strongly believes in his mission of keeping the planet clean and green. He works tirelessly to combat the litterbugs that throw trash where it's not supposed to be," explains their website. "Along with his Clean and Green Team of garbage trucks, he wants children to help him in his mission."

Jeff Nield of Treehugger.com writes: "Manual Conde's vibrant illustrations help push the story along and creates memorable characters."

And mom Katie Finnan of North Carolina states, "My son Marc, he's 2 1/2, LOVES it. Just finished reading it again tonight at bedtime. It has been great to get him to clean up -- we call the trash truck and he comes and gets stuff and takes it to the garbage can like it's the best game in the world! Thank you!"

For more information about Colonel Trash Truck and his Clean and Green Team of garbage trucks and how children can learn to help save the environment, or to purchase "Colonel Trash Truck," visit http://www.coloneltrashtruck.com.

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