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Maass, Robert.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt, [2000]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 x 27 cm
An introduction to the problems of waste management and the various ways we dispose of garbage. Includes tips on recycling.
Reading Level:
AD 960 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 4.3 2 Quiz: 31284 Guided reading level: NR.
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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.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-7. Maass' accomplishment? A handsome photoessay about garbage. The full-color photos, beautifully lit and composed, introduce children to the many stages of garbage, from its creation and curbside collection to its transportation and treatment. Each left-hand page features a photo or two, vivid against a background of another related, soft-focus photo, printed light enough to avoid distracting from the main picture. The backgrounds on the facing pages are solid colors, allowing for clear contrast with the readable text. The explanations are short, clear, and simple. References to ticker-tape parades and garbage barges may be unfamiliar to most children, but those outside New York City will find plenty here that applies to their own communities. The last two pages contain a longer text, which discusses disposal of hazardous waste and creating compost heaps. An attractive book that will be useful for introductory units on garbage and recycling. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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