MODULE 10: HISTORICAL FICTION
HERE COMES THE GARBAGE BARGE!
Summary: The small town of Ilsip has a huge, stinky problem. The town has no where to put its garbage. It seems that every person in Ilsip makes more and more trash each day until the issue becomes unbearable. The town decides to get rid of the garbage by putting it on a boat and sending it somewhere else. The barge is sailed by Cap’m Duffy and he sets out with over 3000 pounds of garbage to get rid of. Of course, no one else wants Ilsip’s garbage either, leaving poor Duffy in a smelly pinch. The barge sails all the way down the coast, even down to Belize, but there no place to deposit the trash and Duffy turns around. The amazing illustrations are photos filled with actual trash and clay figures, and they evoke the lesson behind the book.
Citation: Winter, J. (2010) Here comes the garbage barge. Westminster, MD:
Schwartz & Wade Books.
Impression: This was a widely creative book in its illustrations. The actual trash is fun to pore over and attempt to identity. The characters are amazingly detailed and well thought out. I thought the book was imaginative and it was amusing to realize that the story is based on actual events. It really brings home the message of being green in today’s world, especially since this issue happed nearly twenty years ago.
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Uses: Of course, this book would be a great addition to any program on environmentalism and being green. Students could make a list of everything they had thrown in the trash for one day and see the reality of how much it is. I also think that this book could be used in an event about different illustration styles for picture books. Kids could see everything from watercolors, to collages, to these photographs. Then the children could create their own illustrations in whatever style they chose.