The Dumpster Diver

The Dumpster Diver


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One person’s trash is another persons’s treasure in this vivid picture-book ode to creative recycling — and to loyal friends.

Anyone can dive for treasure in the ocean, but Steve dives for it in his neighborhood dumpster! As he delves into the trash each weekend, Steve encourages his young neighbors (aka the Diving Team) to see the potential in what other people throw away. With a little bit of imagination, trash can be transformed into treasure — and as the Diving Team soon discovers, it might even help a friend in need.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763623807
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 02/13/2007
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 10.25(w) x 11.63(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile: AD920L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Janet S. Wong is the author of several books and poetry collections for children, including APPLE PIE FOURTH OF JULY, HIDE & SEEK, BUZZ, and THE RAINBOW HAND: POEMS ABOUT MOTHERS AND CHILDREN. She lives in Hopewell, New Jersey.

David Roberts is the author and illustrator of the Bertie books, as well as the illustrator of the Eddie Dickens trilogy by Philip Ardagh and of the Little Red books and RAPUNZEL: A GROOVY FAIRY TALE, all by Lynn Roberts. David Roberts lives in London.

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The Dumpster Diver 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
JackieHancox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a fun and creative book with retro style illustrations, that this reader (and former dumpster diver) thorougly enjoyed. It could be used to support curriculum goals of teaching about reusing and recycling and environmental impact. The possibilities for crafts associated with this book are also endless.
arielaver on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic book about the importance of re-using instead of throwing things in landfills, helping your neighbor, making safe choices, and cooperation. A group of kids help their neighbor dumpster dive until he gets hurt, and then they figure out a safer way to continue his work.
kjhmiller on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
great beginning of the year book.
adge73 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Slightly disjointed, but fun overall. I especially love the buggy endpapers and the way Wong describes all the bugs exiting the dumpster.
theCajunLibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Up-cycling! Steve dumpster dives in his apartment complex's dumpster to find discarded objects that can be transformed into something new and useful. This book entertainingly teaches readers to waste less and re-use things in a creative way. The retro illustrations make enhance the story, causing it to be even more inspirational.
lekenned on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good story for teaching kids about recycling. Steve and his young neighbors go diving for "buried treasure" in the dumpsters and turn what they find into something great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have you ever heard the quote, ¿one man¿s trash is another man¿s treasure?¿ Janet Wong expresses the true meaning of this quote in her book, ¿The Dumpster Diver.¿ This is a picture book about a junk-loving guy who (with the help of the kids in his apartment building) creates wacky things out of useful junk! Steve, the main character of Dumpster Diver, believes that junk is good and nothing should be thrown away. He finds ways to make absolutely anything into something extraordinary. Steve has kids in his apartment building that help him with the dumpster diving. The kids find great joy in thinking up all kinds of creative uses for the 'junk' Steve finds. The kids find ways to turn a keyboard and monitor into a flowerpot, fish tank, or lamp! The thoughtful children decide that the keyboard's best home would be with Zenda on the fifth floor, who's been practicing her typing on a hand-lettered cardboard keyboard. An elderly lady, also known as the grouch, says Steve and the children are going to cut themselves while in the dumpster! She thinks all of Steve's treasures are nothin but junk! Unfortunately, she just might be right. Turns out Steve's team has learned many lessons through Dumpster diving, and come up with their own resourceful plan to help their injured friend. Janet Wong and her books have received numerous awards and honors, such as the International Reading Association's 'Celebrate Literacy Award' for exemplary service in the promotion of literacy, and the prestigious Stone Center Recognition of Merit, given by the Claremont Graduate School. Janet also has been appointed to two terms on the Commission on Literature of the National Council of Teachers of English. While Janet embraces the ¿reduce, re-use, recycle¿ spirit of Dumpster Diving, she did not want her book to encourage kids to start climbing into the trash, where they could hurt themselves. For this reason, Steve the Dumpster Diver has a little accident, allowing the kids to come up with a different way of obtaining free materials to build their creations, including a special gift for Steve! David Roberts, the illustrator of this creative book , has contributed colorful, vivid images that match Wong's descriptions perfectly. The illustrations were phenomenal. They match the writing and words of Wong and make the reader feel like they are truly a part of the dumpster diving team! This is a wonderful book and will definitely keep the children guessing! The Dumpster Diver promotes themes of recycling and creativity. This book would be an awesome book to use in a classroom right before talking with your kids about reusing in new ways, recycling, and the meaning of 'junk' to different people.