From School Library Journal
Grade 1-4-An update of the 1974 title (HarperCollins), not only in content but also in terminology. In the original, the narrator's grandfather buried their trash on his farm and fed garbage to the hogs. "Garbage and trash" were taken together to the dump, or, in the case of big cities, incinerated, resulting in air pollution. Separating trash for recycling was only a hopeful prospect. Gone is the family farm in the 1994 edition. Children learn in school about how things "used to be." They take a field trip to a landfill where garbage and trash (brought in from a nearby big city) are still being buried, but they refer to recycling as a commonplace activity in which the whole town participates. A pie chart breaks down the composition of a landfill by percentages. Showers mentions toxic ash and smoke generated from incinerators and the basic problem of too much trash. The pictures are also more sophisticated in content, if not style. How a landfill is built and how an incinerator works are more fully portrayed than in the previous edition, and more detailed drawings are used to show the processes involved in paper, glass, and plastic recycling. Suggestions for what individuals can do to help the environment are appended. Touches of humor are added via dialogue balloons, making this title an enjoyable and useful introduction to the subject.
Judith V. Lechner, Auburn University, AL
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Ages 5-8. The 1974 edition of this Let's-Read-and-Find-Out book began with a girl saying, "Everything goes into the garbage pail in our house." Showers suggested recycling as the solution to the problem of massive waste, but even he probably didn't expect that 20 years later the revised book would begin with a teacher telling her class about the "way things used to be" and contrasting it with current landfill and recycling programs. Clearly written and accessible to young children, the book explains what used to happen to solid waste, what goes into landfills, and how aluminum, newspapers, glass bottles and jars, and plastics are recycled today. Although Chewning's ink drawings are clear and appealing, his use of multicolor, hyper-bright washes sometimes distracts the eye and detracts from the pictures as illustrations. Given the usefulness of this book in the classroom, public and school libraries will want to have at least one copy of the new edition. Carolyn Phelan
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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