$15.95 Hardcover with Jacket

24 Pages • 8.5" x 8.5"

Buy the eBook


Ages: 5-9

Reading Levels

Grade: 2/3

Guided Reading Level: L

Reading Recovery: 19

Sandy's Incredible Shrinking Footprint

by: Carole Carpenter, Femida Handy
illustrated by: Adrianna Steele-Card

Your footprint is more than the mark you leave in the sand...

Sandy loves visiting her grandpa's house by the beach every summer. She plays in the sand while her dog, Pepper, chases the seagulls. But this day her walk on the beach is ruined by a pile of garbage. Why would someone dirty her beautiful beach? The arrival of the “Garbage Lady” inspires her, as she explains to Sandy that everyone has an ecological footprint – the mark they leave on the world – and that it is their responsibility to shrink it.

How can you shrink your footprint?

Printed on Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper.

The art for this book was made using a collage of reused, recycled, and natural materials.


"...introduces the "footprint" concept...This cheerfully didactic tale is more concerned with behaviour than explanation, but among preschoolers it might make a good precursor to The Smash! Smash! Truck. It has the further credential of upholding its own values: all the illustrations are made from recycled and natural materials." - Toronto Star, February 28, 2010

"Do-Gooders Done Well: Themes of ecology and entrepreneurship make for surprisingly effective picture books...The other challenge is to avoid the message that responsible ecological behaviour involves nothing but dreary admonitions. On this score, the book does a fine job in conveying the beauty, energy, and joy of the natural world, aided in no small part by its images...Text and images come together beautifully in the final scene, in which Sandy “got up and danced ever so gently around the room on her very small tippy toes.” The idea of dancing gently around the room that is our world is a lovely extension of the footprint metaphor." - Quill & Quire, January 4, 2010

"The medium is at least part of the message in this book...The book’s very appealing illustrations...visible proof that aesthetics need not be jettisoned when we talk about reducing, reusing and recycling. And the message? It’s gently and judiciously contained in a story about a girl called Sandy who discovers that the paradise that is the beach surrounding her grandfather’s cottage has been defiled by some careless picnickers’ garbage...A list of eminently doable ways to shrink our footprints completes this book." - The Globe and Mail, March 27, 2010

"I love this book!...First of all, the message is a very good one for kids to start learning at a young age, but the illustrator really takes the idea of reusing and recycling to a whole new level. All the pictures are made out of little papers, fibres, and other materials. Making the pictures this way really added a whole new level of awareness and sensibilty to the story that was enjoyable." -Suddenly Books, November 5, 2012


Reading Levels

Grade: 2/3

Guided Reading Level: L

Reading Recovery: 19

Find books by:


Search Books

by Author/Illustrator

by New Releases by Audience by Series by Genre by Special Interests by Curriculum Links by Academic Subject