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Compost Stew by Mary McKenna Siddals | Book Review

The Children’s Book Review | April 12, 2011

Compost Stew

By Mary McKenna Siddals (Author), Ashley Wolff (Illustrator)

Reading level: Ages 4-7

Hardcover: 40 pages

Publisher: Tricycle Press; 1 edition (March 23, 2010)

Source: Publisher

Compost Stew: An A to Z Recipe for the Earth uses a clever and entertaining rhyme that, just as the title suggests, gives a great recipe for making compost. All of the ingredients are familiar household products, such as vegetable trimmings, coffee grounds, and oatmeal. At the back of the book the “Chef’s Note” can be found—it’s another witty rhyme all of its own and teaches readers what shouldn’t go in compost. The illustrations, which are rendered in gouache and collage, compliment the tone of the recipe with the use of more familiar recyclable materials.

Illustration by Ashley Wolff

Illustration by Ashley Wolff

Illustration by Ashley Wolff

Illustration by Ashley Wolff

About the Author: Mary McKenna Siddals is the author of several picture books for the very young, including Millions of Snowflakes. In addition, she has written dozens of children’s stories, articles, poems, and activities appearing in a variety of magazines. A former teacher, she lives in British Columbia, Canada, where she enjoys tending to her own batch of Compost Stew. Learn more about Mary at www.siddals.com.

About the Illustrator: Ashley Wolff is the author and/or illustrator of more than sixty children’s books, including Baby Beluga; I Love My Mommy Because; I Love My Daddy Because; Mama’s Milk; Stella and Roy Go Camping; I Call My Grandma Nana; I Call My Grandpa Papa; When Lucy Goes Out Walking; and the beloved Miss Bindergarten series. Ashley wrangles thousands of red wriggler compost worms in her San Francisco backyard garden. She grows flowers, vegetables, and an amazingly prolific persimmon tree. Visit her website at www.ashleywolff.com.

Activities: http://www.siddals.com/compost-stew.html

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If you like the sound of  Compost Stew by Mary McKenna Siddals, I recommend the following book list:  Earth Day Books: Gardens, Compost & Bees

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

  • Thanks for shining a spotlight on Compost Stew, and helping to spread a little green in the world, one apple core at a time…


    April 20, 2011

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