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Potatoes on Rooftops


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Hadley Dyer is the celebrated author and editor of many books for children and young adults. She is a former bookseller and library coordinator. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.


Gr 3-6-Grassroots efforts at sustainable agriculture are given a global perspective in this interesting look at the many ways people grow their food. From rooftop and container gardening to school gardens and community plots, Dyer discusses changes in traditional agriculture from victory gardens of heirloom crops to modern factory farming and hybrid produce. Protein-based food sources like eggs and fish are also included. Issues related to sustainability, such as greenhouse emissions, and fair-trade practices are also discussed, as are the psychological and health benefits of growing one's own food. The writing is both engaging and interesting as the author presents some complicated topics in an easy-to-digest manner. Many ideas for thinking outside of the box are given by presenting nontraditional means of agriculture that will be unfamiliar to many readers. The photos have an upbeat, urban feel to them and complement the text nicely. There is also a kid-friendly quality about the information, which is presented in sidebars and dialogue bubbles. In the current climate of sustainability, this title is small but mighty. A lot of relevant topics are hit on in a simple but powerful way. Not to be missed or dismissed.-Rebecca Gueorguiev, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Timely, attractively designed, and inspirational. Dig in!--Randall Enos"Booklist" (12/01/2012)
In the current climate of sustainability, this title is small but mighty... Not to be missed or dismissed.--Rebecca Gueorguiev, New York Public Library"School Library Journal" (12/01/2012)
Dyer challenges her readers to take the environmental concepts they learn through gardening and apply them to similar conservation efforts.--Melissa McCartney"Science Magazine" (12/07/2012)
Hopefully, the book will be used to inspire young urban dwellers to start growing their own food in their backyards, on their balconies, at school or in a community garden.--Sandra O'Brien"Canadian Children's Book News" (01/23/2013)
Potatoes on Rooftops is just about the best introduction to the new food movement that one could imagine.--Sienna Powers"January Magazine" (12/30/2012)
The text is very well organized and information is clearly presented under bold, highlighted titles or outlined in boxes. Each page is enhanced with informative, brightly coloured photos and drawings, and the entertaining map on the final page shows many possibilities for growing, buying and eating local foods.--Carolyn Cutt"Resource Links" (12/01/2012)
Very highly recommended for upper level elementary through high school; especially for multicultural curriculum in horticulture and related subjects.--Ellen R. Paterson, State University of New York"Science Books and Film" (05/01/2013)
Students are sure to love the colourful, factual and humorous nature of this book.--Amanda Forbes"Canadian Teacher Magazine" (04/01/2014)

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