Nicole Alderman wrote:I give this book 9 out of 10 acorns. I love how accurate the textbook is, as well as how useful and beautiful and helpful the illustrations are. It covers basic ecology, as well as lots of permaculture techniques and principles, and it covers them accurately.
I do wish the sections were a bit longer. Most topics get 1-2 paragraph summary about them, and even as an adult, it's kind of easy to skim through and not really comprehend the concept. The book is concise! Each word carries meaning and very little is repeated. The reader has to be focused. This means it takes more work to delve in and understand the meaning that is explained in as few words as necessary. This might be difficult for a Jr Higher. I do not have the workbook, though, so perhaps the workbook really helps the kids really work out the meaning and expand upon what is offered in the textbook.
All in all, I think this book is very well-written, accurate, illustrated wonderfully, and would be a great teaching resource for someone who already knows about permacultre. A teacher who does not know much about permaculture and is using this book may well want more in-depth resources for themselves to read so that they can answer questions from the student.
Richard Gorny wrote:I give this book 9 out of 10 acorns.
Disclaimer: I have translated this book (and the workbook) into Polish for the author, so that might have influenced my review a bit
First of all, such book was desperately needed and certainly it is quite a big step forward in permaculture education for kids (and older as well). The book can be a great help for teachers but also for those who seek basic knowledge on permaculture and do not have a time for reading fat "bibles" like Mollison's PD Manual.
Matt briefly goes through the entire curriculum of the PDC course, in a very condensed, easy to read, well illustrated and suitable for kids form.
The workbook associated with the book makes it unique, it contains nearly all what is needed in order to make first steps in permaculture design of own property.
Personally I have a feeling that some chapters are suitable for a younger, some for older reader, which might make it difficult for a single kid, but on the other hand better for a wider audience or for home schooling in a larger family.
Overall I strongly recommend this book to any parents who want their kids to acquaint with permaculture in a more structured way.