Mar 03, 2008
“On Meadowview Street”
by. Henry Cole
This was a refreshing book to read. In this children’s book a young girl named Caroline moves to Meadowview Street. Ironically there are no meadows to be found there. Without realizing it Caroline ends up creating her own meadow in the family’s yard. Their “yard” becomes a habitat for insects, birds and wildflowers. Eventually the whole neighborhood follows her lead and every yard is transformed into a natural habitat.
I love this story because I’m not a big fan of the pristine American lawn. The idea of such a huge monoculture just doesn’t seem very natural to me. If I had my way my lawn would be a natural habitat just like Caroline’s with a variety of plants and creatures all working together in harmony. Until then I can dream can’t I?