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Here Comes the Garbage Barge! Hardcover – February 9, 2010

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Starred Review. Kindergarten-Grade 2—A fictionalized account of real events that occurred in 1987, this story will convince young readers to take their recycling efforts more seriously. When Islip, NY, has nowhere to put 3168 tons of garbage, the town officials decide that shipping them south is the right thing to do, so a tugboat towing a garbage-laden barge takes it to North Carolina. But North Carolina won't allow the vessel to dock. It goes on to New Orleans, but again is denied harbor rights. Then it is on to Mexico, Belize, Texas, Florida, and back to New York. The garbage is ripening all along the way. Now even Islip refuses to take it back. Finally a judge orders Brooklyn to take it and incinerate it, 162 days after the barge started its journey. Islip is ordered to take the remains to their landfill. The illustrations are photographs of objects made from garbage. The people, full of personality and expression, were made from polymer clay, and wire, wood scraps, and leftover materials of all kinds were used for the tugboat and barge. The inside of the paper jacket explains how the art was done. This title should be a part of every elementary school ecology unit.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
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Winter, whose You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?! (2009) was graced by some of the year’s most dazzling artwork, returns with another uniquely illustrated picture book. He takes the story from a 1987 incident in which a Long Island town decided to send more than 3,000 tons of trash down to North Carolina. In Winter’s fictionalized account, Cap’m Duffy of the tugboat Break of Dawn is saddled with hauling the garbage down south but gets turned away from port after port, all the way down to Belize. While Winter’s folksy, storyteller’s voice captures the scruffy spirit of the adventure with plenty of humor, the artwork by Red Nose Studio steals this show. Photographs of polymer-clay models and found materials (including, you guessed it, piles of trash) have the same uncanny-but-fun allure of Claymation videos, and if it’s not exactly endearing, that’s fine—a book about a stinky pile of garbage has no business being prettied up. Just in case the moral isn’t clear, a buoy helpfully spells it out, “Don’t make so much garbage!!!” Grades 1-3. --Ian Chipman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade; 1 edition (February 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375852182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375852183
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 0.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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People seem to be missing the point that this book is based on the real story, including, for the most part, the real names of the people involved! The book is tongue in cheek and if you have any imagination at all provides a great opportunity to do some educating on social and environmental issues. Our 3 year old twins absolutely love it.
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"Garbage Barge" is a book that has lessons to learn from so many points. Obviously, the first lesson to learn is about our environmental responsibility. At the time of this story, garbage from New York City and Long Island was routinely mounded on land or barged out to the Mudhole just off the New Jersey coast for dumping. This book takes a look at what happens when someone says that enough is enough, you gotta find a better way - and in steps Gino with a "brilliant plan". The second lesson is a lesson of geography - my daughter can use a map and track the travels of the barge with my grandson and note how many miles the barge actually goes while on this great stinking adventure. The last lesson is one of understanding of your fellow man. This is not a slap-in-the-face book of Italian-American stereotypes - as noted in most of the negative reviews - it is just a story populated with certain people from a certain region who speak with a very distinctive dialect. People from Long Island regularly "murder the King's English" - it's who they are and it's what makes them prime fodder for books like these. They axs quessions. They say "houz youz doin" as a statement. They say "dis","dat", and "What's it to ya?" Geez, lighten up - if you don't like the dialect of the fine people of Long Island - whatever the nationality, then open an elocution school in Brooklyn and help fix the perceived problem. As for the book, it's a great read for kids and a great starting point for some interesting discussions.
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I love this book! It's such an interestesting (and true) story. I feel in increases children's awareness of the production of too much garbage in our society, and how it doesn't really "go away" once we throw it out.
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Not only is this a great story with incredible illustrations but the back pages describing how the illustrations were created is fascinating! My children and I study the pages and find all sorts of things tucked here and there. Plus, this is about a situation that actually happened. Leads to great conversations about how our garbage doesn't just go away when we put it in the trash bin. Great book to share with children on Earthday.
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This beautiful and humorous picture book chronicles the true story of a little tugboat and its barge full of garbage setting out from Long Island and venturing from port to port all the way to Texas and back, turned away at each attempt to unload its stinky cargo anywhere but the place it started from. Winter's clever text accompanied by the animation-like illustrations of Red Nose Studio tells a tale for our time: Make Less Garbage!!!
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My 4-yr old loves this book so much I had to buy him a copy! We've borrowed it several times from the library, but he never gets tired of it so we figured just buy him a copy and he can have it forever!
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Jonah Winter's HERE COMES THE GARBAGE BARGE! tells of a town that had over 3,000 tons of garbage and no place to put it. Ages 4-8 will relish the story of a tugboat barge that saves the day in this fun survey with its fine art creations by Red Nose Studio.
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Two thumbs up for The Garbage Barge! Good book, entertaining, great illustrations, and delivers a solid message. Great book for kids to learn more about the garbage we all produce and our responsibility to take care of it.
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