by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Laura Vaccaro Seeger begins with the concrete (“forest green … sea green … pea green”), each phrase the subject of a gorgeous, lush painting spanning a page spread. Playful moments include images of “wacky green” (a green-striped zebra), “slow green” (a tiny die-cut caterpillar on a brilliant orange flower) and “never green” (a Stop sign). Green is more than color, it is mood and feeling; it is hope and a promise, one that comes to pass as winter becomes summer (“forever green”). Of course, summer doesn’t last forever, and green won’t either, without our mindful attention to the earth. Seeger doesn’t spell that out, however. She’ll leave it for children to realize on their own as they explore this homage to the color green and the beauty of the earth. The cleverly placed die cuts on every page work masterfully in both directions, revealing another dimension of fascination for young children. (Ages 2–7)
CCBC Choices 2013. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2013. Used with permission.
Die cut pages bring surprise after surprise in this magical new book from the "Queen of the concept book"—an intricate and satisfying homage to green, the color of all creation.
How many kinds of green are there? There's the lush green of a forest on a late spring day, the fresh, juicy green of a just-cut lime, the incandescent green of a firefly, and the vivid aquamarine of a tropical sea. In her newest book, Caldecott and Geisel Honor Book author Laura Vaccaro Seeger fashions an homage to a single color and, in doing so, creates a book that will delight and, quite possibly astonish you. This title has Common Core connections.
Green is a Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of 2012
Green is a 2013 Caldecott Honor Book
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