Monday, March 15, 2010

Nonfiction Monday: Garbage helps Our Garden Grow: a Compost Story, by Linda Glaser, reviewed by Squirt

It is SUPPOSED to be Spring here in New Mexico, but it actually snowed this morning! I know some people like the white stuff, but this little turtle is a bit tired of the cold, and ready to go sit out on a rock and sun himself. I am also ready to dig my flippers into some nice WARM dirt and start some new plants. While that will have to wait a bit longer, there are some things I can do now to get ready for gardening, which made this book the perfect choice for today.

If there is one thing turtles produce, it's fertilizer - all that yucky water is chock full of nitrates. The potted plants in the library love it! This book has motivated us to branch out into composting. The conversational text is matched nicely with bright, cheerful photographs by Shelley Rotner. Just one quick read lets the reader come away with the feeling that, not only is composting something he can easily do, but that he should. Today. For those who have a few more questions, there is a concise FAQ at the end, detailing what to include and leave out, and different options for your actual bin. Reading a page further even tells you the book itself was printed on recycled paper:)

Grab this book for your favorite young gardener, and start saving those veggie scraps! review copy provided by Lerner. Check out In Need of Chocolate for today's round-up of other great nonfiction books.

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