This Book Stinks!
Gross Garbage, Rotten Rubbish, and the Science of TrashBook - 2017
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Why does this book “stink” (and why would an author admit it)? The answer: it’s because this National Geographic Kids book is all about garbage.
The next question would be why someone would devote an entire book to the subject of trash?
Here’s the thing … trash is everywhere - absolutely everywhere - on our planet, even in the oceans, the mountaintops and in outer space! And all that garbage is very harmful to our planet’s health – including the health of all wildlife and to human health as well.
Consider this awesome but unfortunate fact: around the world, people throw away about 4 million tons of trash every single day!
Despite the subtitle to this book (“Gross Garbage, Rotten Rubbish, and the Science of Trash”), not everything about garbage is actually gross, disgusting and hopeless.
If we change the way we think about trash, and learn what is actually trash and what isn’t, then we can lessen the amount of garbage in our world. We can recycle more – much more. We can reuse things more than we do. We can compost more – and we can use much less in the first place. This book tells us how to do so, including some creative and cutting-edge ways in which we can recycle and reuse.
Everyone can make a difference! In the process, we can also make a difference to climate change.
Oh yes … be sure to take the “personality quiz” (page 38) to discover how wasteful YOU are!
** Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years.
** Reviewed by Sally Hengeveld, librarian, Stratford Public Library.
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