From apple cores to zinnia heads, readers will discover the best ingredients for a successful compost pile!
Kids everywhere are knowledgeable about the environment and climate change. Not only is composting becoming more common in households and residential gardens, but many school gardens feature compost piles, too. But how do you start a compost pile? What’s safe to include? Perfect for an Earth Day focus or year-round reference, this inviting book provides all the answers for kids and families looking for simple, child-friendly ways to help the planet.
|Publisher:||Random House Children's Books|
|Product dimensions:||9.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.20(d)|
|Age Range:||3 - 7 Years|
About the Author
MARY McKENNA SIDDALS is the author of several picture books for the very young, including Millions of Snowflakes. In addition, she has written dozens of children’s stories, articles, poems, and activities appearing in a variety of magazines. A former teacher, she lives in British Columbia, Canada, where she enjoys tending to her own batch of Compost Stew.
ASHLEY WOLFF is the author and/or illustrator of more than sixty children’s books, including Baby Beluga; I Love My Mommy Because; I Love My Daddy Because; Mama’s Milk; Stella and Roy Go Camping; I Call My Grandma Nana; I Call My Grandpa Papa; When Lucy Goes Out Walking; and the beloved Miss Bindergarten series. Ashley wrangles thousands of red wriggler compost worms in her San Francisco backyard garden. She grows flowers, vegetables, and an amazingly prolific persimmon tree.
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Environmental chefs, here’s a recipe for you to fix from scratch to mix a batch of Compost Stew.
Excerpted from "Compost Stew"
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Explains composting to children by going through the alphabet. Some of the items may seem a little weird, but it is a good way to get children interested in the topic. Also includes fun pictures.
A wonderful poetry book to introduce students to composting, sustainability and environmental studies. Use this book for your unit on gardening or to get kids excited about the school garden!
Teaches the process of composting using items from every letter of the alphabet. The perfect introduction to a class project on creating a compost. It could also be used to discuss recycling.
What a great way for students and teachers to learn how to make their very own compost. Making compost could be a very fun, yet messy at times activity that students could enjoy. Students could also monitor the temperature and the moistness of the compost.
The roll-off-your-tongue rhymes and delightful illustrations in this book explain how to turn icky leftovers, scraps, and even hair trimmings into fertile soil -- all in your own backyard! The compost instruction leads to an interesting hands-on lesson for living a healthier, more eco-friendly life as an on-going lesson of science skills such as observation, inferencing, and measurement.
In rhyming poetry, this book provides a recipe for recycling materials to create compost. There is an additional page that informs the reader what not to put in the compost.
It is fun, lively, and educational. I love the illustrations!