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Children's Literature - Wendy Ricci
Water is the Earth's most valuable natural resource; however, Americans flush approximately 4,800,000,000 gallons down the toilet every day! This unique book takes an up-close look at a fascinating system that is often overlooked-the treatment of our country's wastewater. Included is a brief history of sewage from outhouses to cesspits, and photographs of Ohio's polluted Cuyahoga River on fire in 1952! What follows is a step by step look at what happens to water from its preliminary treatment at a plant to its discharge into rivers and streams. Interesting photographs will appeal to curious youngsters. An Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children.
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Gr 3-6-A thorough and lively explanation of how wastewater is treated in the U.S. After a brief history, Coombs takes readers through each step of the process, from the flush of the toilet until the water is ready to be used again. Clear explanations, usually supported by well-chosen reproductions and full-color photographs or diagrams, make the process easy and interesting to follow. The author includes intriguing details, such as what the air smells like in various rooms of the treatment plant, and points out some of the unusual objects that find their way into the sewer system (toys, money, reptiles). Statistics are neatly included within the text. A final chapter discusses natural alternative methods of cleaning wastewater. The book closes with a list of ways in which people can help the treatment process and an interesting bunch of ``Fun Flushing Facts.'' With its attractive format and lively presentation, Flush should appeal to more readers than most books on the subject, and makes a natural companion to Penny Colman's Toilets, Bathtubs, Sinks, and Sewers (Atheneum, 1994), which discusses the topic from a historical viewpoint.-Steven Engelfried, West Linn Public Library, OR
Susan Dove Lempke
Coombs takes a more thorough look at water purification than do Cole and Degen in the "Magic School Bus at the Waterworks" (1986), using humor to do it. After examining the limited supply and importance of fresh water, she highlights sanitation practices through the centuries--from chamber pots to outhouses, from typhoid outbreaks to the burning Cuyahoga River. She then turns to the present, explaining how waste water travels from house to sewer to treatment plant and discussing the four stages of purification. Her explanations are clear, and she hits the details kids want to know: Is waste water smelly? What happens to toy balls that fall down the sewers? The photographs are plentiful, high quality, and surprisingly attractive given the subject matter. Coupled with the appealing jacket and high-interest topic, they help make this a good purchase for both public and school library collections. A glossary and suggestions for improving water quality are included.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876148792
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Series: Carolrhoda Photo Books Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 56
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 1020L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.42 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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