Synopses & Reviews
Kids become rubbish warriors” in Garbage: Investigate What Happens When You Throw It Out
. Encouraged to think about the choices they make that generate garbage in the first place, readers learn ways to reduce, reuse, recycleand rethink their actions. Along the way, kids explore the science of garbology, discover fascinating information archaeologists learn by excavating middens, and use projects to investigate the world of trash. Activities include whipping up a delicious edible landfill, brewing natural dyes for a T-shirt, and comparing the effects of commercial and homemade cleaners.
Kids will learn that the battle against the worlds overwhelming waste problem begins with them. Furthermore, Garbage meets common core state standards in language arts for reading informational text and literary nonfiction and is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards. Guided Reading Levels and Lexile measurements indicate grade level and text complexity.
"This high-powered tour of ecological principles is chocked full of information, activities, and science vocabulary. Science educators and parents will be thrilled with the amount of information the author has packed into Biomes." —Greg DeFrancis, Director of Education, Montshire Museum on Amazing Biome Projects You Can Do Yourself
"The science of garbology is presented to young readers, inspiring them to be eco-explorers. . . . This book propels the young eco-explorers readers directly to hands-on, minds-on garbage projects. . . Ask yourself this question: Is it time for your students to go GAGA? That is, to become Garbage Aware and recognize that Garbage is Awesome? If so, this is the book for you!" —www.NSTA.org (December 2011)
"Title focuses on informing elementary students of the impact that garbage is making on our world with twenty-five short projects. An interesting layout with simple black and white illustrations boxed Trash Flashes, Words to Know, and Did You Know features to keep youngsters interested. Format is perfect for classrooms. Hands-on approach to a largely ignored subject is appealing, as well." —www.clcd.com (February 1, 2012)
2012 Skipping Stones Honor Award in the category of Nature and Ecology
Garbage: Investigate What Happens When You Throw It Out With 25 Projects has been recognized as an "exceptional contribution to multicultural and ecological awareness in children's literature."
Green Teacher Magazine
In the introduction to Garbage, author Donna Latham asks her 9 to 12 year old readers to re-think their consumer choices and habits, keeping in mind that someday we may run out of out and away places to put trash. . . She includes interesting trash facts, definitions of relevant terms, riddles and knock-knock jokes, plus 25 activity ideas. The activities range from trash audits and cleaning up an oil spill to vermicomposting and evaluating homemade vs. commercial cleaners. The end goal is to become a rubbish warrior and to keep as much trash out of landfills as possible.”
Children's Literature Review
"One of thirty-one in the Build It Yourself” series, this edition focuses on informing elementary students of the impact that garbage is making on our world and provides directions on twenty-five short projects students can use to reduce, reuse, recycle, and rethink” trash. . .An interesting layout with simple black and white illustrations, boxed Trash Flashes, Words to Know, and Did You Know features to keep youngsters interested. . . format is perfect for classrooms to take on this subject as a group. The hands-on approach to a largely ignored subject is appealing, as well. A glossary, index and source for further study are included. Of course, it is printed on recycled paper by a company committed to green” initiatives."
National Science Teachers Association
"Is it time for your students to go GAGA? They'll learn Garbage Awareness and (conclude that) Garbage is Awesome when reading and discovering the amazing investigations in this book. . ."
Christine Todd Whitman, former Governor of New Jersey and Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
"For years we have known that educating kids can educate their parents. That has never been more so than with the environment. The early days of the recycling movement were, in great part, spurred by children questioning their parents' shopping habits. Earth Day has always involved young people of all ages in projects that can better their communities. Unfortunately, we seem to have lost a great deal of that sense of urgency that led to these initiatives. That's where Garbage: Investigate What Happens When You Throw It Out comes in. Fun and informative with a host of interesting projects, Garbage educates without talking down to the reader. The illustrations are eye-catching and the information provided will appeal to a wide range of ages. The sense of urgency in addressing the issue of garbage, combined with suggestions as to how each one of us can make a difference, is compelling. This is a tool that can be used both at home and in schools and deserves to be on the bookshelves of everyone with kids."
Matthew M. McKenna, President and CEO, Keep America Beautiful, Inc.
"Garbage: Investigate What Happens When You Throw It Out, is a great choice for young readers. This deeply engaging, informative book touches on the history of garbage, where our garbage goes today, and the recycling process. With fun facts and hands-on activities, young readers are able to discover firsthand how our actions affect the world around us. What you do with your garbage is about choices, and changing individual behavior is the first step. The book will teach children at a young age that they can make a difference now and for the rest of their lives."
Todd Parr, author of The Earth Book, winner of the 2011 Green Earth Book Award
"This book is filled with interesting facts and suggestions of how to better take care of the earth."
Mary McKenna Siddals author of Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth
"As entertaining as it is informative, this compendium of trash is an absolute treasure. Dig in . . . and enjoy!"
Teaching children that the battle against the worlds overwhelming waste problem begins with them, this plethora of projects investigates the science of garbology.” The guide highlights the choices people make in creating garbage in the first place, suggesting ways kids can reduce, reuse, and recycle as well as rethink their actions for the future. Along the way, hands-on activities encourage children to make even more discoveries. Kitchen lovers can whip up a delicious edible landfill, brew natural dyes for a T-shirt, and grow a windowsill garden to make herbal shampoo. Learning the ins and outs of biodegradation, kids can snag air pollution in a can or even compare the effects of commercial and homemade cleaners. From reusing jeans and plastic milk jugs to making use of the odds and ends in the junk drawer, this challenging collection of activities ensures each kid can become a rubbish warrior.”
About the Author
Donna Latham is an award-winning author and playwright. She is the author of Amazing Biome Projects You Can Build Yourself, Backyard Biology Investigate Habitats Outside Your Door With 25 Projects, Deciduous, Forests, Deserts, Garbage Investigate What Happens When You Throw It Out With 25 Projects, Norah Jones, Oceans, Respiration and Photosynthesis, Savannas and Grasslands
, and Tundra
. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the Society of Midland Authors. She lives in Batavia, Illinois.
Beth Hetland was born and raised in the rolling hills of Wisconsin. She graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009 with a BFA, and has been creating comics and self publishing since 2006. She graduated from The Center for Cartoon Studies in 2011 with a MFA in Comics. Beth is currently a member of the Faculty at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago teaching comics.