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Sewers and the Rats That Love Them: The Disgusting Story Behind Where It All Goes
ISBN: 9781429619981
Author: Barnhill, Kelly Regan
Publisher: Edge Books
Published: January 2009
Retail: $23.99    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Library Binding
Annotation: Describes the current sewage treatment system and the history of human sewage treatment.
Additional Information
Physical Information: 0.34" H x 9.56" L x 6.80" W 32 pages
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Science, Non-Fiction
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2008 November)

Gr 3-7–These colorful overviews boast compelling facts accompanied by history and science and a little environmental consciousness-raising. Chapters in Water, for example, include a brief history of plumbing (discussing such marvels as the Roman aqueducts), how the substance can be made potable, and how it reaches consumers. Among the subjects discussed in Garbage are recycling and composting and the history of trash collection. But the most popular books will be Toilet and Sewers, which take the lid off some fascinating unmentionables. Hidden among the terrible puns and bend-over-backwards euphemisms is a good deal of information (and, in Toilet, one truly disgusting photo). The books overlap slightly, with both discussing in-home sanitation. Barnhill adds explanations of waste treatment plants and the role of rats. Miller's history includes short descriptions of older systems, from cesspools to "pit and pot," and the invention of modern sewer systems, toilets, and toilet paper. The mechanisms of various designs are described as well, followed by some dire warnings about what can happen if you don't wash your hands properly. Both books have plenty of humorously captioned full-page color photos, schematics, and other drawings. These books will mainly be borrowed for fun, rather than for reports.

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