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This uniquely crafted narrative nonfiction invites readers to follow the author into science labs, forests, hospitals, and landfills, as the author asks: Who uses poo?
Poop is disgusting, but it's also packed with potential. One scientist spent months training a dog to track dung to better understand elephant birthing patterns. Another discovered that mastodon poop years ago is the reason we enjoy pumpkin pie today. And every week, some folks deliver their own poop to medical facilities, where it is swirled, separated, and shipped off to a hospital to be transplanted into another human. There's even a train full of human poop sludge that's stuck without a home in Alabama.
This irreverent and engaging book shows that poop isn't just waste-and that dealing with it responsibly is our duty.
Heather L. Montgomery has taught for over 20 years (both inside and outside the classroom) as well as directed a school-based environmental center. She has written curriculum; trained hundreds of teachers, naturalists, and librarians; and, helped thousands of children to make friends with the natural world. Each year, she works directly with over ten thousand children at festivals, school visits, and at environmental centers. During a typical presentation, petrified body parts and tree guts encourage scientific thinking and inspire reluctant readers. Her professional development programs for teachers have won awards and rave reviews. She lives in Ardmore, Alabama.
“A well-stirred slurry of facts and fun for strong-stomached “poop sleuths.”” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“A well-researched read. Children will delight in the gross factor and deepen their understanding of the scientific process. . . . equal parts informative and grotesquely fascinating. Highly recommended for public and school libraries.” —School Library Journal, starred review
“The discoveries that arise from our flattened fauna will amaze you! . . . For all the literal blood and guts. . . there's nothing rotten about this book--it's a keeper.” —Starred review, Kirkus Reviews on Something Rotten
“With wry humor, gory detail, and great enthusiasm, . . . this book is not for the faint of heart, but be prepared to laugh along the way and to learn a lot. . . Sure to be a hit among students. A top addition to STEM collections.” —Starred review, School Library Journal on Something Rotten
“. . . [A]n extremely interesting treatise about roadkill and how it affects all our lives. . . . Montgomery inspires curiosity, asks excellent questions, and makes science and investigating roadkill fascinating to learn.” —Starred review, School Library Connection on Something Rotten
“[B]udding naturalists or eco-activists will find it a smashing read.” —Booklist on Something Rotten