The Great Stink: How Joseph Bazalgette Solved London's Poop Pollution Problem

ISBN-10: 1534449299
ISBN-13: 9781534449299
Author: Paeff, Colleen
Illustrated by: Carpenter, Nancy
Interest Level: 1-4
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: August 2021

Copyright: 2020

Page Count: 40


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Interest Level

Grades 1-4

Reading Level

Lexile: AD950L
Accelerated Reader Level: 5.6
Accelerated Reader Points: 0.5

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Science & Technology

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / General (see also headings under Animals or Technology)

Description
Discover the true story about the determined engineer who fixed London's pollution problem in this funny, accessible nonfiction picture book featuring engaging art from the illustrator of Queen Victoria's Bathing Machine . It's the summer of 1858, and London's River Thames STINKS. What is creating this revolting smell? The answer is gross: the river is full of poop. But the smell isn't the worst problem. Every few years, cholera breaks out, and thousands of people die. Could there be a connection between the foul water and the deadly disease? One engineer dreams of making London a cleaner, healthier place. His name is Joseph Bazalgette. His grand plan to create a new sewer system to clean the river is an engineering marvel. And his sewers will save lives. Nothing stinky about that. With tips for how to prevent pollution today, this fascinating look at science, history, and what one person can do to create change will impress and astound readers who want to help make their planet a cleaner, happier place to live.
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2022 ALA Awards, Grades P-3