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

Colleen Paeff (Author) Nancy Carpenter (Illustrator)
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Product Type: Hardcover Books
Age Groups: Ages 7 to 9, Ages 10 to 12

This funny and informative picture book tells the story of Joseph Bazalgette, a 19th century engineer who designed London's first comprehensive sewage system. In doing so, he saved thousands of lives from cholera outbreaks that regularly plagued the city. This STEM-focused story provides a window into the past and shows how one invention went on to affect generations to come—and teaches kids how they can prevent pollution in their own neighborhoods today.

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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SKU 131328
ISBN 9781534449299
Language English
Lexile ® Measure AD950L
Page Count 40
Product Type Hardcover Books
Book Type Picture Books
Additional Contributor Nancy Carpenter
Primary Contributor Colleen Paeff
Age Groups Ages 7 to 9, Ages 10 to 12
Publisher Margaret K. McElderry Books