Garbage

Garbage

by Robert Maass
     
 

An informative photo-essay about the ways in which we dispose of garbage, and about the benefits of recycling.

"At the landfill, trucks, bulldozers, and cranes go to work. The garbage is moved, dumped, and pushed along in quick order."

Every day we make garbage-a broken toy, a napkin, even an orange rind. But what happens to our garbage once we dispose of it,

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An informative photo-essay about the ways in which we dispose of garbage, and about the benefits of recycling.

"At the landfill, trucks, bulldozers, and cranes go to work. The garbage is moved, dumped, and pushed along in quick order."

Every day we make garbage-a broken toy, a napkin, even an orange rind. But what happens to our garbage once we dispose of it, and where does it end up?

This striking photo essay follows garbage on its journey from trash can to landfill and introduces young readers to the sanitation teams who help in the process. With an emphasis on recycling and composting, Garbage involves young readers in alternative ways of giving trash a new and useful life.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
This engaging photo essay shows children what happens to their garbage once it leaves their hands. The reader is led on a tour beginning with sanitation trucks. Then, the reader learns about several options for processing garbage. The first is the landfill where the reader discovers how methane is produced and vented after the garbage is buried. The second is combustion plants where the garbage helps to produce electricity. The third option is recycling which is a way of giving trash a useful second life. There are photographs on every page that show the process that is being explained. More difficult words such as "combustion" are italicized and can be found in a glossary at the back of the book. The author encourages children to get involved and he provides instructions for composting at the end of the book. Maas does a wonderful job presenting his information through engaging writing and interesting photographs. It would be a perfect addition to a collection of recycling books, or to be used as part of a curriculum unit about recycling. 2000, Henry Holt and Company, Ages 5 to 11, $16.95. Reviewer: Lisa Hillstrom
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Through clear photographs and simple prose, Maass documents what happens to refuse. Moving from neighborhood trash cans to landfills to recycling centers, he provides a basic introduction to the topic of handling waste. Although the author only briefly mentions the problem of methane in landfills and ignores potential hazards of incineration, he devotes a full page to problems of hazardous waste disposal. This discussion and the instructions for composting appear on the last pages and have a more advanced vocabulary than that found in the body of the text. Students who want additional information might use Charlotte Wilcox's Trash! (Carolrhoda, 1988) or Paul Showers's Where Does the Garbage Go? (HarperCollins, 1994). A book that will fulfill a need in units on neighborhood workers and satisfy children's curiosity about what becomes of the garbage in the cans in the alley.-Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Kirkus Reviews
A better photographer than writer, Maass (Tugboats, 1997) matches bright, revealing color photographs of trash and garbage (he doesn't distinguish between the two) on its way from lunch table to either landfill or backyard compost pile, with a series of impersonal generalities that rob the journey of most of its interest or educational value. Unusual and fascinating shots of a landfill seemingly the size of a small country, a long conveyor belt lined with sanitation workers sorting recyclables, trash sculptures, big machinery, and the like are weighed down by awkward writing: "In some cities, trucks transfer the garbage to barges." Other problems include superficialities and self-evident contradictions, as in the view of a landscape carpeted with gulls that is captioned by the claim that landfills are layered with dirt to keep animals away. Simplistic discussions of hazardous waste and composting stretch the already attenuated topical coverage even further. The pictures may be a match for anything else on the subject, but for informational purposes stick with the many more narrowly focused books for younger children on recycling, waste, and sanitation careers. (glossary) (Picture book nonfiction. 7-9)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805059519
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.38(w) x 10.36(h) x 0.34(d)
Lexile:
AD960L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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