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My Garbology

By Leslie Crenna, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Delightfully fun talking trash game promotes conservation.

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Where should my waste go? It's a question we all ask ourselves every day. With this adorable set of wastebins and charming pen-and-ink animations, even teens will enjoy learning facts like how much oil it takes to produce a single plastic water bottle or that trashed electronics can leak lead, cadmium, and lithium. There's low commitment with quick, yet essential messages. Younger kids might not get all the percentages and details, but they'll get the general idea and have fun watching "the F.B.I. take down a banana peel!" (In this case, "F.B.I." stands for "Fungus, Bacteria, and Invertebrates.")

Although almost all the text has accompanying audio, a few tidbits here and there get left out -- in particular, the hints for changed behaviors do not have audio, lessening the overall impact. Full audio also would give younger and vision-impaired kids complete access. More and multiple sets of garbage would give kids a deeper experience with all sorts of waste, and the ability to skip forward through the animations would be nice, too.

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