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Too Much Garbage
     

Too Much Garbage

by Fulvio Testa, F Testa
 

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Two boys, sent to take out the garbage, en-counter piles of trash by the curb. As they explore the city, they discover garbage everywhere-mountains and mountains of garbage until the world seems like a sea of trash. Fulvio Testa's simple text and stunning illustrations offer children a dramatic glimpse of an environmental crisis that threatens our planet-and a

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Two boys, sent to take out the garbage, en-counter piles of trash by the curb. As they explore the city, they discover garbage everywhere-mountains and mountains of garbage until the world seems like a sea of trash. Fulvio Testa's simple text and stunning illustrations offer children a dramatic glimpse of an environmental crisis that threatens our planet-and a small sign of hope to young environmentalists.

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Children's Literature
Testa's brief, simple story is a protest against the mounting piles of garbage everywhere. After Tony and Bill take out the garbage, they see it everywhere in town. The mountains of garbage at the dump depress them, until they spot one lovely flower growing amid the trash. "We need less garbage and more flowers," Bill concludes. "It's up to us," says Tony, in a challenge to concern and involve the readers. Although Testa could have give us full page pictures of stuff we could almost smell, his thin-framed, tinted, colored drawings make their impact by showing the gradually increasing amount of garbage with some of the discards—TV sets, bathtubs, old cars, even airplanes and an ocean liner. Everything is low key, even the small, daisy-like flower. The message is quiet but effective. 2001, North-South Books, $15.95 and 15.88. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Tony takes out the trash one day and meets his friend Bill. They go for a walk and notice all the refuse around-being thrown out of windows, cars, and dumped everywhere. They find a flower growing in the middle of all the trash, which ends the book on a hopeful note. Testa uses white space effectively, keeping the illustrations on the right-hand side, with the minimal text contained in the upper portion of the left-hand page. This makes the two-page spread of the enormous rubbish heap at the dump even more effective. The colorful, almost cartoonlike illustrations incorporate humorous elements, as when a masked criminal throws a bag of money out of a car, or when an entire toilet is thrown out of a window. Originally published in Switzerland, this book has little story but lots of message. Bill sums it up nicely: "We need less garbage and more flowers." Teachers may find this story useful for introducing Earth Day and recycling units.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, Eldersburg, MD Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735814523
Publisher:
North-South Books, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2001
Edition description:
Library Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.57(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Testa has created many outstanding picture books. He divides his time between homes in New York City and Italy.

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