Perhaps at this level it is enough to make children aware that waste disposal occurs and that it is becoming a problem. In...

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WHERE DOES THE GARBAGE GO?

Perhaps at this level it is enough to make children aware that waste disposal occurs and that it is becoming a problem. In any case that is about all that Showers attempts. First he mentions the different ways that individual families cope with garbage: In ""our house"" everything goes into the garbage pail, on farms the garbage is for the pigs (""It's their dessert"") and trash is buried, apartment garbage is burned in incinerators, and ""some people"" have grinders in their sinks. But ""people never really get rid of it,"" and there are problems when cities dump it in the ocean (""Ughhh! Yeccch!"") or on land (it rots and stinks) or burn it (dirtying the air), though other cities do better with landfills and recycling and burning it for heat and electricity. Still ""it keeps piling up."" A reasonable first look, though the young narrator's closing contribution (retrieving her yo-yo from the trash can) must strike even the youngest reader as ludicrously inadequate, and neither the digressions on feeding the pigs nor Loretta Lustig's vintage comix-style pictures add the intended spark.

Pub Date: May 24, 1974

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: T. Y. Crowell

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1974