By Mary McKenna Siddals
Illustrated by Ashley Wolff
“Environmental chefs, here’s a recipe for you, to fix from scratch and mix a batch of compost stew.”
Thus begins this bright, delightfully illustrated book of sing song rhymes. Mary McKenna has crafted an alphabetized lyrical list of, the many suitable ingredients for the compost pile. The list contains a few surprises, and I won’t share them here so as not to ruin the surprise. The meter and rhyme scheme lend themselves to easy memorization, and you may find your little one singing around the house as she or he collects the necessary ingredients for your family composter. The illustrations embody the earth-friendly theme with their organic appearance. Ashley Wolff’s illustrations seem to be a colorful collage composed of recycled scraps of newspaper, gift wrap, cotton balls, etc. which absolutely fits the environmentally friendly focus of the book. The illustrations show children doing small chores around the house, gathering the ingredients such as “Jack-o-lanterns, kitchen scraps, laundry lint from dryer traps” to contribute to the compost pile. Children will easily see themselves playing a role in Earth stewardship. Be forewarned: if you don’t already have a compost pile, your children may ask you for one!