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*The Little Composter (Teenie Greenies)* by Jan Gerardi
 
Also written and/or illustrated by Jan Gerardi:

The Little Gardener (Teenie Greenies)

Eco People on the Go! (Teenie Greenies)

Oh, Baby! Go, Baby! (Dr. Seuss Nursery Collection)

Up, Up, Up with the Cat (Dr. Seuss Nursery Collection Rag Book)
The Little Composter (Teenie Greenies)
by Jan Gerardi
Ages 1-3 14 pages Random House March 2011 Board book    

This board book depicts a child involved in an outdoor activity beneficial to the earth. By composting, heís learning about natureís cycles and the rewards of hard work. Flaps open up and down to reveal what goes into a compost pile (banana peel, carrot tops, apple core) and what eats the contents (worms).

The rhyming text incorporates simple vocabulary to explain the process of composting and how it can be used in gardening (turn and spin, spread, seed, hoe, water), ideas which could be reinforced by starting a compost pile at home or school.

Many of the illustrations have a decorative pattern (swirls appear on the leaves and watermelon rind) or details in the background that will remind the reader of nature. The child wears a hat that resembles the top of the plant he is growing, and a butterfly, frog, and bird appear beside the child as he works outside with the compost pile.

The children featured in Gerardiís Teenie Greenies books (includes Eco-People on the Go!) show how simple it can be to live in an environmentally friendly way.
 
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