Monday, April 30, 2012

Subway Story

Picture book
Most of us, discovering a bit of fascinating info, may comment
about its coolness, share it with a family member or friend, or turn
on the computer for an Internet search. That's usually the extent of
it. Fortunately for us, Julia Sarcone-Roach took her discovery quite
a bit further. Subway Story is the most exciting recycling tale I've
ever read.
Jessie, the subway car, was born in Missouri and sent to New
York City just in time for the 1964 World's Fair. Strong and fast,
with gleaming paint, large windows, and sturdy seats, she took
passengers all over the city--even in a tunnel under the river. After
awhile parts broke down and had to be replaced. Eventually repairs
weren't enough. For awhile she was left in a yard with other cars.
Then one day she was cleaned up, taken out minus her doors, and
dropped into the ocean where she became an artificial reef to provide
a home to marine creatures great and small. I mean how cool is that?
She's one of many that gained this reincarnation in the Atlantic
Ocean. In other countries old subway cars have become artist studios,
homeless shelters, schools, and restaurants.
Think of the inspiration this book can give to the budding
scientists and engineers in your life!
On a personal note, I'm campaigning for reelection like crazy, going
door to door, talking to my constituents, and loving it. Being
unopposed would be no excuse for complacency.
A great big shout out goes out to my friends who run the Orono Thrift
Shop, keeping so many treasures from ending up in landfills and
raising money for really important causes.
Julia Emily Hathaway

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