From the back cover "Compost Stew is beautiful, poetic, evocative-and educational. It provides such vital, important information for children (and adults) to understand and embrace, and to put into practice..."
MY TASTY OPINION:
This is a very cute and clever book that creates an A-Z recipe guide to teach children how to begin a home compost pile and why it is so important. The reading age is Kindergarten-4th grade. As an adult, I found the book very informative and helpful. We have a container garden and rose bushes that could really use some compost. I've always wanted to start a small compost pile but only knew about egg shells, coffee grounds and lawn clippings. Thanks to this book, I'm on my way in starting my very own "compost stew." We will be taking pictures of our "stew" for you to view! My 11 year old enjoyed learning how to make a compost pile and what things not to put in the "stew". She was most curious about this and will be my project helper.
The quirky writing prose and recyclable graphic illustrations form their own "stew" into an excellent teaching book! Click below on the Amazon ad to read pages of this book. As much as we enjoyed learning about how to start our own compost stew we also loved the illustrations. Compost Stew would also make an excellent book and resource for any classroom or library!
About the Author (from dust jacket)
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.
About the Illustrator (from dust jacket)
Ashley Wolfe 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. Visit her website at www.ashleywolff.com