Book Review: Where Does the Garbage Go?

Rating: ★★★☆☆

The Let’s-Read-And-Find-Out Science series is composed of a myriad of different topics introducing children to different aspects of the world.  This one deals with the process of garbage disposal and recycling in Western society.  It gives a detailed, interesting description of how landfills are formed and used, and the best feature of the book is probably the simplified models of glass, aluminum and plastic recycling processes. It is illustrated in an adequately detailed, fairly simple style that communicates the meaning of the text.

The book ends with an admonishment to reuse things and seek to create less waste, and an example of two children shopping at the grocery store with string bags instead of disposable plastic ones.  This example is a bit over-specific (our family recycles grocery bags by lining small trash cans), and like so many books that deal with our relationship with the environment it stops with “helping the environment” and doesn’t go as far as actually stewarding the world by taking dominion over it.  Still, in the absence of a better option, it’s a worthwhile public-library checkout for its clear presentation of the disposal and recycling processes.

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Publication Information: Showers, Paul. Where Does the Garbage Go?. Chewning, Randy. Let's Read and Find Out Science; . 1994 (1974). ISBN: 0064451143.
Categories: 3 Stars, Age 04-08
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Posted on June 10, 2009


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