Monday, April 26, 2010

Nonfiction Monday: Garbage Helps Our Garden Grow

I love April! I really enjoy seeing so many posts about the earth and recycling and composting and all that good stuff that helps our children learn about how to take care of the planet we live in.

Garbage Helps Our Garden Grow: A Compost Story is perfect for this time of the year. Written by Linda Glaser and photographed by Shelley Rotner, the reader is given a simplified story of how a compost pile can help a garden (and help reduce our waste sent to landfills).

From start to finish, the process of a compost pile is explained in very basic sentences, accompanied by clear, bright, and really nice photographs. Kids will learn what goes in the bin and what stays out, how to turn and moisten, and how worms can move the process along. Once the compost is ready, readers are shown how to add it to the garden and what the end result can be.

I really liked the addition of real children in the photographs (always a plus for non-fiction) and thought the story was excellent. The learning points were made easily, not forced, and kids will find that this reads like a story and not an "educational" book.

Overall rating: 5 out of 5

Great for an Earth Day display or to start off a family compost project.

Garbage Helps Our Garden Grow: A Compost Story
Linda Glaser
32 pages
Millbrook Press
April 2010
Review copy received from publisher

A nice picture book to accompany this book is Compost Story: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth by Mary McKenna Siddals and illustrator Ashley Wolff.

A nicely illustrated alphabet of composting, complete with rhyming and an author's note at the end.

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Three Turtles and Their Pet Librarian said...

I loved the first book so much, I went out and built a compost bin (of which I was ridiculously proud). Now the kids fight over who gets to dump thwe coffee grounds in it each morning:)

Myne Whitman said...

Nice review.

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Jeane said...

I think I'd like to read the gardening one with my daughter. She's been helping me grow veggies and we have a compost pile- I'm sure she'd like to learn more about it!