Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Here Comes the Garbage Barge! by Jonah Winter - ESSENTIAL

Winter, Jonah Here Comes the Garbage Barge illustrated by Red Nose Studio. Schwartz & Wade Books, 2010. PICTURE/NON-FICTION. $17.99.


I have never heard this true story of the Garbage Barge. In 1987 people in the town of Islip, NY had 3,168 tons of garbage that they wanted to get rid of. The genius idea that was carried out was to pile all of that smelly trash on a garbage barge and take it down to North Carolina to dump there. Well you can imagine what North Carolina's reaction was....NO WAY! After many attempted tries of dumping the garbage in several states and even different countries, the garbage barge had nowhere left to go. It was out at sea for 162 days when finally Brooklyn took the trash, burned it down to 430 tons, and then gave it back to Islip to bury there. Hooray for figuring out recycling! 

This is such an interesting book! The art in this book is so unique as it is made out of garbage! Detailed descriptions of how the art was created is included on the inside book jacket. This would be a fascinating book to read to students, especially on or around Earth day. 

Whitney, Library-Teacher. 

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