Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth

Mary McKenna Siddals, Author, Ashley Wolff, Illustrator , illus. by Ashley Wolff. Tricycle $15.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-58246-316-2

“Environmental chefs,/ here's a recipe for you/ to fix from scratch/ to mix a batch/ of Compost Stew,” invites a girl with curly titian hair. Letters stand for different components of what goes into a compost pile, and Wolff's cut-paper collages depict a multicultural group of kids, as well as a dalmatian and a goose, working together to collect material (“Dirt clods, crumbled,/ Eggshells, crushed/ Fruit pulp left behind, all mushed”): “And when the cooking is complete,/ Mother Earth will/ have a treat,/ dark and crumbly,/ rich and sweet.” An exuberant primer for green-minded kids. Ages 4–8. (Mar.)

Reviewed on: 03/08/2010
Release date: 03/01/2010
Genre: Children's
Library Binding - 32 pages - 978-1-58246-341-4
Paperback - 40 pages - 978-0-385-75538-2
Prebound-Glued - 40 pages - 978-1-62765-365-7
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