Mrs. Cooney Worries about Lead in Toys

Mrs. Cooney Worries about Lead in Toys
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     challenging words:    banning, Cooney, Hatley, lead-based, banned, testing, therefore, altogether, impair, immediately, poisonous, especially, recall, normally, jewelry, works
     content words:    When Mrs, Then U. S., Consumer Product Safety Commission, Toy Safety

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Mrs. Cooney Worries about Lead in Toys
By Jennifer Kenny

1     Mrs. Cooney works in the library in town. She works on art projects for little ones. She runs movie nights. She reads during story hours. She even runs summer reading programs. She enjoys working with children.
2     Last summer children in the summer reading program earned a prize each time they read five books in a week. One of the prizes was a bendable animal like a cat or a dog. When Mrs. Cooney came to work this morning, she checked her email like always. She was so upset as she read the first message. Those prizes from last summer had been recalled.
3     Why were the prizes recalled? They had high levels of lead in them. What is a recall? It's a notice that something is wrong with an item. It can be a toy, a food, or even a car. Sometimes the item can be fixed. Sometimes it should be thrown out so that it can never be used again. It just depends on what the problem is. Often the problem is a danger to people.
4     What's the problem with too much lead in a toy? If lead gets inside the body, it is poisonous. Lead poisoning can be very dangerous, especially to young children. Taking lead into the body can impair intelligence, slow down motor skills, harm a person's memory, and even cause hearing problems. The lead can't be seen with just the human eye. Lead also has no smell. Therefore, a child, especially a young one, may put the toy in his or her mouth. Over a long time, the lead builds up in the body. Symptoms of lead poisoning take a while to show. A blood test can be performed to see if there's a lot of lead in the body. Sometimes, after a long time, a child may seem weak or colicky. Sometimes a child may be constipated or won't be able to move his or her wrists or ankles. These are all signs of lead poisoning that's gone on for quite an amount of time.
5     The first thing Mrs. Cooney did was to take out her list of children who participated in the reading program last summer. She ended up calling each parent of a child who might have received the prize. She told them to take the bendable animal away from the child if they still had it, return it to the library, and wash their hands after holding the recalled toy.

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Extended Activities:

1.  Make a list of symptoms of lead poisoning. Find out what the treatment is.

2.  Research a list of five recalled items. What was the reasoning behind the recall?

3.  Find out what "green" toys are. Give an example by drawing one on a poster.

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