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Fiction Picture Book
Pages: 32
Themes: environmentalism, being green, eco-activism, recycling, waste reduction, making a difference, conservation, nature, littering, litter
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 06/09/2016
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What happens when one small boy picks up one small piece of litter? He doesn't know it, but his tiny act has big consequences. From the miniscule to the universal, What Matters sensitively explores nature's connections and traces the ripple effects of one child’s good deed to show how we can all make a big difference.

Canadian Children's Book News - January 6, 2017
"A perfect read-aloud picture book...In the simplest terms, Hughes and Hatam convey a positive and powerful message to young readers: you are not too young to make a difference."
Resource Links - October 19, 2016
"The prose flows very nicely, and the progression of the far-reaching positive consequences of the boy's actions will be easy for even the youngest of children to follow. Illustrations are mixed media, presented in calming blues and greens, and incorporating an eclectic mix of watercolours, ink, and photographic elements."
CM Magazine - October 10, 2016
"What Matters is brought to life perfectly with Holly Hatam's simple earth coloured drawings...and will be certain to appeal to readers of any age...A very small book with a very large message...providing excellent opportunities for discussion with young listeners in a read-aloud situation. Highly recommended."
School Library Journal - September 25, 2016
"Hughes and Hatam make the powerful point that all children can help change the world...A charming addition that teaches about the interrelationships in nature and the importance of recycling."
Kirkus Reviews - July 2, 2016
"A beguiling, environmental musing on how one small act can have far-reaching consequences."

Awards

R. Ross Annett Award for Children's Literature  | 2017 | Short-listed
Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award  | 2017 | Commended
CCBC Best Books starred selection  | 2017 | Commended

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