Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Garbage Helps Our Garden Grow

A wonderful Earth Day (or summer vacation) project!

Glaser, Linda.
Garbage Helps Our Garden Grow: A Compost Story.
April 2010.
Lerner Publishing Group.

Through the use of beautiful photographs and simple text, children will learn nearly all there is to know about recycling garbage into a compost pile/bin. While the story itself goes in to great detail, none of it should be above the heads of your four or five year old! The text is simple and to the point, using child-friendly vocabulary, all of which is depicted throughout the story with the photographs. Children will learn the reasons for having created a compost pile, what can be disposed of in the compost pile, the simple, yet routine maintenance involved, and perhaps the most fun of all - how this mess of garbage helps not only our garden grow, but also the ways in which composting is beneficial to the Earth!

This is a wonderful story to share with children. It is both educational and interesting, easily captivating of the attention of children ages 4+. It's so interesting, in fact, I think you'll find your children eager to create a compost pile for your family. And, if your village is anything like mine, charging $1+ per bag of garbage, the idea is well worth it, especially if you do any gardening. And, if you don't garden, perhaps you might like to use this as an incentive to start - growing your own fresh fruits/veggies is a lot of fun and will save you some money during the spring/summer/fall months!

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style='clear: both;' Three Turtles and Their Pet Librarian said...

We reviewed this one a couple months ago, and it did inspire us to go out and create a compost heap! At first we were very good about turning it, but we got busy...

now we have a wonderful crop of potatoes and cantaloupe growing. They are doing even better than the ones we planted, and are too big to transplant, so now we can't turn it at all! ( might wonder if we had done that on purpose...)