What Happens to Our Trash? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)

D.J. Ward
HarperCollins (2012)
ISBN 9780061687556

Reviewed by Madison Schlarman (age 6) and Mom for Reader Views (3/12)

What happens to the stuff we throw away?  Where does our trash go?  How much trash do we produce?  Is there a better way?  Does recycling work?  How can we make our land, city, state, country and world a better, cleaner place?  What does reduce, reuse and recycle mean to me?  Can I really make a difference?  How can I make a difference?  Find out in this educational book, “What Happens to Our Trash?” by D.J. Ward.

There are lots of facts about trash.  The trash is as high as a building.  All the kids help out with the trash.  They recycle.  We use blue bags to recycle.  Sometimes I forget what to put in the blue bags.  We make lots of trash, enough to go to the moon!  That’s silly.  Trash gets buried underground and then they build grass on it or make gas.  If we make less trash it would help our air.  We should recycle.  We should not waste.


The answers to all the questions above and more are located within the pages of “What Happens to Our Trash?” As the leader in trash production, the children of the United States need to be aware and educated about our garbage while also being encouraged to reduce our trash output and recycle.  I felt this book really gave my girls a look at the trash problems we face while explaining the process of what happens to our trash after it’s taken away.  Kids are apt to fall under the well-known saying “Out of sight, out of mind.” They throw stuff away but aren’t overly concerned with the outcome their trash will produce. Educating my girls on the topic has inspired creativity in re-use of products and awareness in recycling and reduction of trash.  I highly recommend this book.  Not only is it educational, it has a great price that won’t break your wallet.  I will be exploring other books in the “Lets Read and Find Out” series.  It is well worth the money spent.

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