ACTIVITIES * TEACHING RESOURCES * LESSON PLANS * REVIEWS
by Mary McKenna Siddals
illustrated by Ashley Wolff
Tricycle Press / 2010
A recipe in rhyme for making dark,
crumbly, rich, earth-friendly compost.
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*PICK OF THE CROP MATERIALS*
Rhyming text presents a lively look at
some of the things that can become compost.
The dynamic gouache and collage illustrations
are made of recycled materials.
–Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year
A delightful alphabet book...
for making your corner of the world green.
–Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Best Book Award
Just follow this fun A to Z rhyme of ingredients
and you'll have a mushy mess all of your own.
–The Canadian Children's Book Centre's
Best Books for Kids & Teens 2011
* Sometimes, one title just jumps out of the pile of books
and really speaks to us. Compost Stew is one such book...
–Kiwi Magazine (starred review)
An exuberant primer for green-minded kids.
Ashley Wolff's collage-style illustrations, made from
newspaper, tea bags and other recycled materials, echo
writer Mary McKenna Siddals's message of reducing
waste. –Rachel Saslow in The Washington Post
A rollicking, rhyming alphabetical recipe...
for budding environmentalists. –Kirkus Reviews
The brightly patterned collage artwork
featuring a cast of multicultural kids working together
will easily draw a young audience. –Booklist
A potentially heavy-handed message is delivered
with a light touch so that you want to start your own
waste heap right away. Mission accomplished!
–Susan Faust in the San Francisco Chronicle
An alphabetic recipe for soil-enriching
putrescibles... full of entertaining ickiness.
–Dashka Slater in Sierra Magazine
An imaginative and engaging introduction to the
concept of composting. –Dave Jenkinson in CM magazine
Using cafeteria scraps, recycled paper, and grass
clippings would teach students how to make this rich,
robust stew work for their own school gardens and,
literally and figuratively, improve the earth.
–Mary Hazelton in School Library Journal
An upbeat introduction to composting as an
important step for caring for the Earth. –Childsake
Beautiful, poetic, evocative--and educational...
I hope it will become as widely read and popular
as it deserves. –Mollie Katzen, author of
Moosewood Cookbook and Pretend Soup
If ever there was a hilarious educational A to Z
to understand the dirt on composting, this is the one.
–Laure Latham, San Francisco Green Parenting Examiner
Simple but effectively informative for young children...
a great fit for eco-friendly schools and homes.
–Lee Littlewood in Kids' Home Library
So engaging and interesting, I didn't realize it was
also an ABC book until I reached the letter W!
Fun to read and informative to boot.
–Pink Me: Children's books reviewed for grownups
A recipe to whip up for Mother Earth.
–Leigh Goldman Balber in UrbanBaby Buzz
With delightful multimedia pictures on every page...
and a catchy text, this is a perfect book to share
with children who are eager to “be green.”
–Marya Jansen-Gruber in Through the Looking Glass
Rhyming how-to book on the importance of composting,
the simple act of turning kitchen and yard waste
into nutrient-rich soil. –BookPage
Lively verse that will beguile the ear as it
teaches kids how they can nourish their gardens.
Little ones will enjoy Wolff's bright, colorful collages
that almost seem to pop off the pages...
–Spirituality and Health
Beautiful collages help reinforce
the "eco" message of this clever rhyme.
A great introduction to earth friendly living.
–Picture Book Features ~ B3OK
“Bouncy verse” that keeps the pages turning,
while the eyes gobble up the collage illustrations.
–Marsha Weiner in Cornucopia Collection
Simple steps for cooking up compost stew follow the alphabet, and create a refrain that kids will love to repeat.
–Kathy Carroll at Celebrate Picture Books
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