Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Children's Book Review: Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth by Mary McKenna Siddals


Compost Stew is a fun alphabetical recipe for a DIY home compost bin. With bouncy verses featuring items that will nourish Mother Earth and with vibrant collage illustrations that use recycled and found materials, this picture book furthers a timely message—to nurture and give back to the Earth. 

Apple cores

Bananas, bruised

Coffee grounds with filters, used

Just add to the pot

and let it all rot

into Compost Stew!

My Review:

Today seems to be an eco-friendly children's book review day.  Here is another great book that teaches children about creating a compost pile with kitchen and yard waste.  Through the use of fun rhyming test and great illustrations, children will learn the important of keeping their environment clean, and how they can do their part by recycling kitchen scraps into nutrient-rich soil.  With the summer year, and families preparing their veggie gardens, what a great story to share with your children.  Who knows, maybe you can create a compost pile of your own as a family, all while doing your part to keep the Earth clean and healthy!

About the Author:

Mary McKenna Siddals is the author of numerous picture books, among them the perennial favorite Millions of Snowflakes, as well as the eco-friendly Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth. In addition, she has written dozens of children’s stories, articles, poems and activities appearing in a variety of magazines across North America, including Owl, where she was the Puzzles ‘n’ Fun columnist for some time. A former teacher, she lives in British Columbia, Canada, where she enjoys being close to nature and spending time with her family, as well as tending to her own batch of Compost Stew.

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this book in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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