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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Charlie's Dirt Day, written by Andrew Larsen and illustrated by Jacqueline Hudon-Verrelli. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2015. $18.95 ages 4 and up

"Nannies and grannies
and moms and dads and
boys and girls and cats
and dogs and wagons and
wheelbarrows and
buckets and bowls and babies ... and now Charlie
and his dad, too!"

Charlie is enjoying the view from the balcony when he notices a hubbub in the street below. Calling to his dad to tell him that there is some excitement in the form of a parade, Charlie is surprised when the two quickly follow along.
Arriving at a nearby park, he is further surprised to see that the parade ends at a huge pile of black dirt. It's the mayor's annual Dirt Day Giveaway. There is  'free dirt for everyone.' But it's not just any dirt.

"It's the richest, dirtiest dirt you'll ever see. It's fresh compost. Your gardens will love it."

Charlie has questions for the man who is encouraging people to take some dirt home. From him, he learns how compost is made, and how people use it. A neighbor explains how he will use the compost ... and that the end result will be a delicious (and famous) spaghetti sauce.

Home Charlie goes with a little clay pot full of soil and one small seed. What will it grow?

Back matter includes further information on dirt, composting, gardens in the sky (rooftops and balconies), worms, and how to make your own 'compost in a cup'.

Let's keep our fingers crossed for warmer weather so we can all 'get growing'!

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