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Annotation: Illustrations with cut-outs and simple, rhyming text explore the many shades of the color green.
Catalog Number: #70116
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 2012
Edition Date: 2012
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-596-43397-3 Perma-Bound: 0-605-60684-6
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-596-43397-7 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-60684-5
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2011013495
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Two words on each spread describe a painted scene: "forest green / sea green / lime green / pea green," leading to more abstract concepts: "all green / never green / no green / forever green." With a rhyming text, die cuts, and a story for those willing to look carefully, this triumph of artistic problem-solving works for young children and for older kids to speculate on ecological issues.
Kirkus Reviews
In lush paintings outfitted with cleverly positioned die cuts, Seeger's latest explores the color gr
School Library Journal Starred Review
PreS-Gr 2&12; Just when it seems that there could not possibly be anything new to present about this trendy color, Seeger creates a tactile treat that yields surprise with every page turn. On a surface that brings its own nubby texture, the thickly applied oils produce luscious scenes, verdant and ripe. As the spreads open, whether the view is of a forest, a still life of limes, or a seascape, each one begs to be touched, and if the eye hasn't spotted the often cleverly concealed diecuts, the hand will find them. Thus the cutout leaves in the "forest green" landscape become the outlines of fish on the next page's "sea green." Sometimes words are disguised in a painting, so "jungle" (green), obvious when seen through the white frame next to a tiger, is camouflaged when the turn reveals Jackson Pollack-style drips across a lizard on the "khaki green" page. Some choices are "wacky": a green zebra. Others give pause; the stop sign is "never" green. The penultimate composition of a child planting a seedling is wordless, inviting listeners, propelled by the internal rhymes, to participate. The conclusion displays a massive trunk leading up to "forever green." Perfectly paced and visually exciting, this title introduces concepts, humor, and the joy of looking to young children; it represents picture book making at its very best.&12; Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
In lush paintings outfitted with cleverly positioned die cuts, Seeger's latest explores the color green. In four simple quatrains, two-word lines each suggest a kind of green, introducing a scene that might show natural, domestic or built elements: "forest green / sea green / lime green / pea green." Two die-cut leaves on a tree in the forest's foreground become, with a page turn, two fish swimming in a sea turtle's wake. At "jungle green," a tiger crouches, peering from thick undergrowth. The page turn yields "khaki green" and a lizard whose pale, spotted body is camouflaged against similarly speckled and splotched earth. The rectangular die cut shared by the tiger and lizard spreads reveals that the words "jungle" and "khaki" are each embedded in the painted scenes: The die cut facilitates the discovery. "[G]low green" shows twilit children chasing tiny circles--luminescent fireflies--near a deep-red barn; with a page turn, the circles are now apples in a tree. The last quatrain--"all green / never green / no green / forever green" spans spreads that conclude in the orchard, near the red barn, with tiny die-cut leaves: on a new plant; on a mature tree. Seeger's paintings vary in perspective and even in perspicacity: For example, flowers and trees are stylistically more naïf than animals. In all, lovely, inventive, engrossing and interactive. (Picture book. 2-6)
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* If you think of green ll, which green are you thinking of? As Seeger shows in her latest beguiling picture book, green is a color that stretches the mind. On the forest green spread, a bunny meanders. Sharp little eyes will spot the cutouts of two leaves on a tree branch. Turn the page, and the leaf cuts have now become small fish on a sea-green spread. With each turn of the page, something becomes something else when viewed through the beautifully designed paper cuts: a night sky becomes a violet; a red barn becomes apples on a tree. The clever transformations extend to letters, too; on one page, Khaki is formed by the jungle fronds of the previous spread. Seeger often varies her artistic style; those expecting the simpler, childlike shapes found in the Dog and Bear books will find a lusher offering here. Water, fruit, forests, and ferns come alive, but although Seeger could have pushed her greens onto a predictable ecological pathway, she doesn't force an environmental message, letting the richness of the natural world speak for itself. Finally, after a white winter, spring comes: a boy plants, a girl gazes, and green, once more, sings its eternal song. This is a book for turning pages, pointing, looking, talking n!
Reading Level: 1.0
Interest Level: P-2
Lexile: NP
Guided Reading Level: L
Fountas & Pinnell: L

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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