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Garbage Helps Our Garden Grow: A Compost Story Library Binding – January 1, 2010
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About the Author
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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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.Read more ›