Leftover Food

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Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Part of the "Dealing With Waste" series, Morgan's book takes on a topic every child is familiar with—food. How do we get enough food, and how do we avoid wasting it? These questions are approached and answered for mid-elementary school children. Morgan looks first at where the food is—the shops and restaurants. How can we pick the right amount of food? How can shops stock the right amount of food so we can shop but nothing goes bad? These are not easy questions or answers, but well worth thinking about. Next she asks what happens when food is thrown away. She points out the problems of bears eating out of garbage cans and gulls living at landfills. Other pests are mentioned but not pictured. In the next several pages, Morgan offers alternatives to the idea of throwing food into landfills. She shows food feeding livestock, food, such as restaurant cooking oil, being used for fuel, and composting projects. Each two-page spread has bright pictures and boxed information titled "It's my world!" and "Did you know..." All in all, this approach works for younger children. What the book doesn't mention is the actual biology and chemistry involved in various recycling projects. I would have liked to see the chemical explanation for why cooking oil burns and how it is similar to gasoline in its chemical makeup. However, even with this omission it is a good book that will address issues most kids can and should understand. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599200095
  • Publisher: Black Rabbit Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/2007
  • Series: Dealing With Waste Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 30
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Food for all     6
Wasting food     8
Shops and restaurants     10
Attracting pests     12
Composting food     14
Natural recycling     16
Composting with worms     18
Food for animals     20
Food into new products     22
Food into fuel     24
The way ahead     26
Glossary     28
Web sites     29
Index     30
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