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Garbage Helps Our Garden Grow: A Compost Story Library Binding – January 1, 2010

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Clear, vivid photos give this simple introduction to composting a realistic look that makes the process look downright doable. Based on the text of Glaser's Compost! Growing Gardens from Your Garbage (1996), which was illustrated with watercolors, the wording here is sometimes identical and sometimes reworked. Most of Rotner's excellent photos feature one or two children as they scrape their dinner plates into a bucket indoors, add kitchen and yard waste to the compost bin outside, observe the leaves and food rotting over time, add the compost to their vegetable garden, put new plants into the ground, and watch them grow. The kids look comfortable with the camera and with getting their hands a little dirty in the garden. It's good to find a book that treats worms, mold, and rot in a matter-of-fact way, without exploiting the “ick” factor. Two appended pages answer common practical questions about composting. Grades K-3. --Carolyn Phelan

About the Author

Linda Glaser is the author of many successful nonfiction picture books, mainly on natural history subjects. Her books Spectacular Spiders, Compost!, and Wonderful Worms were all named Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by the National Science Teachers Association. In addition to teaching and writing, she conducts writing workshops for schoolchildren and for adults.

Shelley Rotner is an award-winning children's book author and photo-illustrator as well as a freelance photographer specializing in portrait and travel photography. She is the author of Many Ways, Senses at the Seashore, Everybody Works, Feelings, and numerous other titles for the Shelley Rotner's Early Childhood Library series.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)
  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Millbrook Press (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761349111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761349112
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 11 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Linda Glaser has fond childhood memories of snuggling next to her mother and being read to. She's grateful that because of this, she grew up with a strong love of books even though she had a terrible time learning to read. When she finally mastered it in third grade, she immediately grabbed a pen and pad and started to write. And she hasn't stopped since. She loves how time evaporates when she writes. She also loves the feeling of being captured by a good book and hopes her readers will have that experience when they open one of her hers. Please visit her website

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I'm sure many people have heard the nursery rhyme, "Mary, Mary quite contrary, how does your garden grow?" If you want to grow the best garden you can, one of the best ways is to actually use your garbage. In this book the family has a nice garden and grows many different kinds of plants, but in order to make them grow as best as they can they use compost. A compost bin is a good place to put garbage in. Naturally we are not talking about plastic bottles or things like "meat scraps or dairy products" because they will attract unwanted animals to your bin. This family's compost bin is a "big box" made of wood.

The children of the family carefully collect their garbage and put it in a large plastic container until they are ready to take it to their composting bin. They put things such as "cantaloupe rinds and Dad's coffee grounds from breakfast, leftover lettuce from lunch, old broccoli from the fridge, and peanut shells from [their] snack." They gather and put things in the bin like grass, leaves, vines, flowers and other "organic matter." Every now and then one of the children will spray the pile to keep it damp. Their mother helps turn the pile with her pitchfork. In this book you can watch as this family composts their "garbage" into compost that will eventually put "important nutrients back into the soil" and make "the earth richer."

This is a perfect book to introduce children to composting and its benefits to our gardens and environment. The book has a nice layout and is quite homey in that we see a family and some of their friends actually working on their own compost pile. This personal approach, in addition to the back material, is an easy and fun way for children to learn.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. McLaughlin on October 5, 2010
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We have had a garden for about 3 years, my oldest daughters idea. We talk about what to plant, lay it out on paper, buy our seeds and plant it! Now we have 3 children and all of them love to garden, watching the plants grow, harvesting and probably eating is the most enjoyable. This book is a great way to add to a childs knowledge and encourage them to be more planet friendly. I would highly recommend this book!
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