In like many of the short childrens picture books with instuctional or persuasive intent it was harder for me to rate A couple in the past I ve been in awe of but that s much less common with these I don t get to see the reaction of the intended audience and that s really what it s all about I do however enjoy and value the experience of reading and knowing them I d heard some buzz about the illustrations in the book but really didn t know what the story was about I must say that while I appreciated the illustrations and found them very creative Red Nose Studio puts garbage to good use by making art out of it I really was not a fan The characters looked a little creepyweird for my tastesAs for the story well it was very interesting to hear about the Garbage Barge fiasco of 1987 in which a garbage barge left Long Island carrying nearly thirty two hundred tons of garbage The city of Islip had no room to bury their garbage and when some businessmen came to them with the offer of taking the garbage and burying it down south a much cheaper option than the others presented to them it seemed like the answer However the garbage barge was turned away at every portThe
resulting fiasco garnered media attention and is credited with being a factor in increasing the recycling movement I do think fiasco garnered media attention and is credited with being a factor in increasing the recycling movement I do think book will really appeal to some children especially those who like looking at real objects in art As I said I can really appreciate the effort here I ust didn t really like it personal taste In March of 1987 a barge left Islip Long Island hauling almost thirty two hundred tons of trash It s destination North Carolina where it had been prearranged for some farmers to bury the garbage on their farms BUT when the barge arrived at those sunny shores the deal had fallen through and the rubbish was not welcome there The same story was told in New Orleans and any other of the port cities the barge visited For 162 days the garbage barge floated around looking for a place to landIf you think this seems like strange fodder for a children s book to landIf you think this seems like strange fodder for a children s book d be right It is weird but it s also wacky and wonderful This little slice of recent history is told with heaping doses of humor How can you not laugh about something like this Red Nose Studio s strange blend of model making and clay mation like puppets suit Winter s tale perfectly Just look at these expressive facesAnd I love all the little details like these sisters being dressed alikeThis is a fun read for everyone though the younger set may have trouble believing it actually happened it seems so far fetched nowI m having trouble getting over the fact that a barge filled with garbage is so much well traveled than I am. The Garbage BargeAmazing art built out of unk toys and found objects by Red Nose Studio makes this the perfect book for Earth Day or any day and photos on the back side of the acket show how the art was create. .
Real story and think Winter and Red Nose Studio have done a fantastic ob with it Reading it aloud was a blast Superb This is such an interesting book I have never heard this true story of the Garbage Barge In 1987 people in the town of Islip NY had 3168 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 wasNO WAY After many attempted tries of dumping the garbage in several states and even different of dumping the garbage in several states and even different the garbage barge had nowhere left to go It was out at the garbage barge had nowhere left to go It was out at 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 The art in this book is so uniue as it is made out of garbage Detailed descriptions of how the art was created is included on the inside book acket This would be a fascinating book to read to students especially on or around Earth dayAnd although the illustrations were uniue I really didn t like the style Cool though Fun read aloud with older students It is a longer book so students need a good attention span YouTube has an interesting video on how the book was made I showed this first to the students Make sure you use your New York accent when reading the story There s one line where the New Yorker says forget about it but the spelling is funky so I completely misread it The kids laughed the hardest at that I sounded like a baby gurgling You can also use a crusty sailor voice so it is a fun read aloud Make sure to tell students it s based on a real story I have had some interesting conversations about recycling because I live in Taiwan and their recycling program is incredible about the only thing I throw away is tissue paper and tape Everything else is recycled 6 days a week Ironically when the garbage truck in Taiwan shows up it plays a similar tune that the ice cream truck used to play when it came to my neighborhood in the US in the 70s Well maybe "Not A Similar Tune I "a similar tune I t think the ice cream truck s tune was Beethoven like the Taiwan garbage truck but the dinging bells are similar If you don t get into reading this book and ham it up it will be a long dull read aloud You have to have fun with it One teacher told me that the illustrations reminded her of the creepy Lady Elaine on Mr Rogers Neighborhood Ha Do you remember her I wasn t sure what to think at first but then it became pretty funny and brought grins chuckles while still sticking to its apparent intention and point Still closer to 3 12 but easier to round upAnd once aga. Book subtly drives home the message that we can’t produce unlimited trash without conseuencesBefore everyone recycled There was a town that had 3168 tons of garbage and nowhere to put it What did they do Enter. This story was about a garbage barge that carries
3168 tons of trash in the Eastern Seaboard during the late 1980s The barge Begins In The Long Island in the Long Island of trash in the Eastern Seaboard during the late 1980s The barge begins in the Long Island of Islip who is overcome by trash and tries to get rid of it by planning to dump it in some farmers backyards But North Carolina turned the barge away as other places did as well Louisiana Alabama Mississippi Texas Florida Mexico and Belize The barge returns to New York Harbor while the politicians decide what to doWith Their Trash Six Months Later They Decide To Burntheir trash Six months later they decide to burn in a Brooklyn incinerator This books theme is Go Green and helped Americans pay attention to their trash and introduced recycling The illustrations are great in this book and highly recommend you have this when teaching about recycling or ways to conserve This is a one of a kind cautionary tale about the repercussions of the throw away without thinking mentality Throughout the story Cap m Duffy St Pierre of New Orleans travels with a barge full of garbage from Long Island New york all the way to Belize with many stops along the way Colorful collouial language and illustrative text tell the true story of the Break of Dawn barge and the tons and tons of trash literally that it hauled up and down the coast The illustrations are photographs of three dimensional figures created by Jonah Winter at Red Nose Studio I d recommend this to anyone from first to fifth grade since some of the vocabulary discusses court orders and legislation since this was an actual event in 1987 It s also extremely accurate with dates and weights I d use this as an introduction to a recycling or environmental unit at school or a storytime during Earth WeekHere is Text to teach connection This is a great book on keeping the environment clean and could be used as part of a thematic unit on the earth the environment or even to be read on earth day The students could see how much trash there is and how sometimes trash can actually be used for art All of the students could make a portrait out of people s trash you could actually use parts of papers or Materials that are considered trash but are actually sanitary Let me proceed carefully here 1 Here Comes the Garbage Barge is based on the true story of the barge loaded with Long Island garbage that meandered up and down the Atlantic coast rejected at every port from New York to Belize during the summer of 1987 2 Jonah Winter is a terrific author of children s nonfiction I would not and will not assemble a school library without his biographies of Sandy Koufax Dizzy Gillespie Sonia Sotomayor Diego Rivera and othersThere s a big BUT coming read about it on Pink Me Love it I m old enough to remember the. This New York Times Best Illustrated Book is a mostly true and completely stinky story that is sure to make you say “Pee yew” Teaching environmental awareness has become a national priority and this hilarious.