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Jul 16 2020

Puffin Little Environmentalist: Composting

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Penguin Random House Australia, 2020. ISBN: 9781760897017. 96pp.
(Age: 6 +) Highly recommended. This small format book is just right for any child (or indeed adult) who is interested in doing something about the amount of waste that goes into landfill. How to make compost is explained in simple, easy to understand language that will appeal to young children who are becoming independent readers. It will also appeal to an adult who may be reading to a child as this book gives great hints about composting that they could do together.
Commencing with an introduction to what a compost bin is, the book continues on with information about compost, what can be done with it, why we should compost and best of all, it gives a detailed way of making a small compost bin that would fit in a backyard or on a balcony. This small compost bin consists of a plastic bin with holes in it and shows children how to make compost themselves, just requiring a small amount of help from adults, by purchasing the bin and drilling holes in it.
The simple language, easy to follow instructions and rationale will provide the newly independent reader with enough information to get started. A good Contents page, Fast Facts page, Glossary and Quiz complete this very useful book. Illustrations and the little puffin that parades throughout the book also add to its appeal.
This would be ideal as a present for young children who wish to help the planet and will provide children and adults alike enough information to have a go at composting.
Pat Pledger

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