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Anyone can dive for treasure in the ocean, but Steve dives for it in his neighborhood dumpster! As he delves into the trash each weekend, Steve encourages his young neighbors (aka the Diving Team) to see the potential in what other people throw away. With a little bit of imagination, trash can be transformed into treasure — and as the Diving Team soon ...
Anyone can dive for treasure in the ocean, but Steve dives for it in his neighborhood dumpster! As he delves into the trash each weekend, Steve encourages his young neighbors (aka the Diving Team) to see the potential in what other people throw away. With a little bit of imagination, trash can be transformed into treasure — and as the Diving Team soon discovers, it might even help a friend in need.
This urban trash-to-treasure tale will resonate with city dwellers and send suburbanites and kids in rural areas searching for similar adventures. A boy waits at his bedroom window for his adult neighbor Steve, a.k.a. "the dumpster diver," to set things in motion. Five taps come on the boy's window and two other young residents of the building also receive the signal to report to duty. The children are "Hose Handler #1," "Hose Handler #2," and "The Fauceteer." Armies of insects are dislodged when Steve dives into the back-alley Dumpster and hauls out seemingly worthless junk, but worth is in the eyes of the beholder, and the three assistants share his reverence for discarded objects. Broken skis, blenders, and lamps can all be reincarnated, and half the fun is finding a tenant who will appreciate some newly fashioned object. Steve's enthusiasm and creativity are so infectious that neither he nor his helpers are deterred by the building grouch, who thinks that the man should get a real job. The text aptly appears on torn scraps of paper or, in the case of the final words, a Band-Aid that Steve will need, having incurred a "work related" injury and convalescing in a homemade wheelchair! With his unmatched gloves and flippers, goggles, and hooded yellow slicker, Steve is a lovable comic figure. Roberts portrays him with a playful elasticity that perfectly matches Wong's playful story.
—Gloria KosterCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Posted July 24, 2008
Have you ever heard the quote, ¿one man¿s trash is another man¿s treasure?¿ Janet Wong expresses the true meaning of this quote in her book, ¿The Dumpster Diver.¿ This is a picture book about a junk-loving guy who (with the help of the kids in his apartment building) creates wacky things out of useful junk! Steve, the main character of Dumpster Diver, believes that junk is good and nothing should be thrown away. He finds ways to make absolutely anything into something extraordinary. Steve has kids in his apartment building that help him with the dumpster diving. The kids find great joy in thinking up all kinds of creative uses for the 'junk' Steve finds. The kids find ways to turn a keyboard and monitor into a flowerpot, fish tank, or lamp! The thoughtful children decide that the keyboard's best home would be with Zenda on the fifth floor, who's been practicing her typing on a hand-lettered cardboard keyboard. An elderly lady, also known as the grouch, says Steve and the children are going to cut themselves while in the dumpster! She thinks all of Steve's treasures are nothin but junk! Unfortunately, she just might be right. Turns out Steve's team has learned many lessons through Dumpster diving, and come up with their own resourceful plan to help their injured friend. Janet Wong and her books have received numerous awards and honors, such as the International Reading Association's 'Celebrate Literacy Award' for exemplary service in the promotion of literacy, and the prestigious Stone Center Recognition of Merit, given by the Claremont Graduate School. Janet also has been appointed to two terms on the Commission on Literature of the National Council of Teachers of English. While Janet embraces the ¿reduce, re-use, recycle¿ spirit of Dumpster Diving, she did not want her book to encourage kids to start climbing into the trash, where they could hurt themselves. For this reason, Steve the Dumpster Diver has a little accident, allowing the kids to come up with a different way of obtaining free materials to build their creations, including a special gift for Steve! David Roberts, the illustrator of this creative book , has contributed colorful, vivid images that match Wong's descriptions perfectly. The illustrations were phenomenal. They match the writing and words of Wong and make the reader feel like they are truly a part of the dumpster diving team! This is a wonderful book and will definitely keep the children guessing! The Dumpster Diver promotes themes of recycling and creativity. This book would be an awesome book to use in a classroom right before talking with your kids about reusing in new ways, recycling, and the meaning of 'junk' to different people.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.