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Nibbles by Charlotte Middleton
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Oct 28, 10

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Read in October, 2010

The guinea pigs of Dandeville loved eating dandelion leaves. Nibbles loved eating them even more than he loved playing soccer. He ate them for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. But then dandelion leaves started to run low. Cabbage began replacing it on restaurant menus and dandelion leaves became a hot commodity on the Internet. Eventually, there were no more dandelion leaves because they had all been eaten. All but one dandelion that was growing outside of Nibbles’ window. Even though Nibbles wanted badly to eat the leaves, he didn’t. Instead he started to do research on dandelion and began to take very good care of his dandelion. He waited patiently until it grew seeds and then headed to a tall hill where he blew the seeds into the air. Soon the fields were filled with dandelions again, and Nibbles had found something besides eating dandelions that he loved. Growing them!

This is a very appealing book that takes the lesson of renewable resources to a level that even small children can understand. Middleton’s brilliant choice was to use dandelion greens as the scarce resource, because we all have dandelions taking over our lawns and gardens. In this way she made something that we see as a nuisance into a commodity. Middleton’s mixed media art is friendly, filled with round-bellied guinea pigs and plenty of green. The hair tufts and whiskers done in real fuzz and string make the illustrations engaging and interesting.

A great choice when talking with preschoolers about going green or gardening, this book will be a welcome addition to units and story times. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
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