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Green (Booklist Editor's Choice. Books for Youth (Awards)) [Hardcover]

Laura Vaccaro Seeger
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  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (27 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596433973
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596433977
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 26.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 296,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format:Hardcover
"Green", a beautifully made book for children, written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, is art work dedicated to green color thanks to which we live such a beautiful life.

On its pages the author talks about the different shades of green color while each two-page spread is dedicated and colored in particular green tone with a beautiful meaning. And so the reader will find several well-known shades like forest green, lime green, pea green or sea green, but also several unusual ones like wacky green showing zebra with green stripes.

Thus the writer sends a message to readers that the diversity of life and the people on this planet is something to be proud of, and that the fact that someone is different is not a flaw or something to be ashamed of, but something that enriches our world.

The most special is the way author painted her picture book; I deliberately say painted instead illustrated because it seems that if little harder you drag your finger across the page the imprint color will remain on your finger, it seems that artist made his strokes of the brush few minutes ago and you can still smell the paint color in the air.

These are all reasons why this beautiful picture book will be enjoyed by gown-ups as much as young children while they will together navigate its artistic painted pages - and when you get to the last page you'll certainly want to again start from the beginning.
Together with your child or alone if meantime she/he falls asleep, because it's rarely encountered such nicely painted picture book.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  67 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's not that easy writing Green 13 April 2012
By E. R. Bird - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Sometimes you just want to show a kid a beautiful picture book. Sometimes you also want that book to be recent. That's the tricky part. Not that there aren't pretty little picture books churned out of publishing houses every day. Of course there are. But when you want something that distinguishes itself and draws attention without sparkles or glitter the search can be a little fraught. We children's librarians sit and wait for true beauty to fall into our laps. The last time I saw it happen was Jerry Pinkney's The Lion & the Mouse. Now I'm seeing it again with Laura Vaccaro Seeger's Green. I mean just look at that cover. I vacillate between wanting to smear those thick paints with my hands and wanting to lick it to see if it tastes like green frosting. If my weirdness is any kind of a litmus test, kids will definitely get a visceral reaction when they flip through the pages. I know we're talking colors here but if I were to capture this book in a single word then there's only one that would do: Delicious.

Open the book and the first pictures you see are of a woodland scene. Two leaves hang off a nearby tree as the text reads "forest green". Turn the page and those leaves, cut into the paper itself, flip over to two fishies swimming in the deep blue sea. A tortoise swims lazily by, bubbles rising from its head ("sea green"). Another page and the holes of the bubbles are turned over to become the raised bumps on a lime. And so it goes with each new hole or cut connecting one kind of green to another. We see khaki greens, wacky greens, slow greens and glow greens until at last Seeger fills the page with boxes filled with different kinds of green. This is followed by a stop sign and the words "never green" against an autumn background. On the next page it is winter and "no green" followed by an image of a boy planting something. The final spread shows a man and his daughter gazing at a tree. The description: "forever green". You bet.

Can a color be political? Absolutely. In a given election season you'll see red vs. blue, after all. In children's books colors would historically be associated with races or countries (hence the flare up around titles like Two Reds). Green occupies a hazy middle ground here. We all know about the Green Party or green activism. However, it's not as if you'll find many parents forbidding their children to read this book because it pushes a pro-environment agenda. Seeger is subtler than that. Yes, her book does end with humans planting and admiring trees, but thanks to her literary restraint the message isn't thwapping you over the head with a tire iron. She could have turned her "no green" two-page spread into some barren landfill-esque wasteland. Instead we see a snow scene. This is followed by the only silent two pages in the book, showing a boy planting a tree. Finally a man and his daughter (presumably the boy grown up since the barn in the background appears to be the same) look up at a fully-grown tree's foliage as the text reads, "forever green". It's a message there for the taking, but only if you're smart enough to spot it.

Ms. Seeger has never quite looked like anybody else. Artistically, I mean. Her style is a unique combination of die-cuts and thick paints on textured backgrounds. If Eric Carle made die-cuts classy, Seeger takes them one step further and makes them an art in and of themselves. No other artist has ever used them to the same degree. Seeger not only understands the inherent drama in the turn of a page, she makes it the lynchpin of her success. In this book you spend part of the time admiring the art, part of the time trying to predict where the die-cuts will appear, and part of the time flipping back and forth between pages so that you can figure out why you couldn't see the tiger eyes hidden in the wooden table or the fireflies lurking in the leaves. The danger is that the whole book could come off feeling like some enormous gimmick. Instead, you get a sense of interconnectedness. The green of a pea tied into the green of a blade of grass tied into the green of a gecko's skin. In Green there's purpose and meaning above beyond how cool it all looks. When you successfully combine those two things you end up with a picture book that crosses over from merely good into the realm of the exceptional.

On the publication page the description of this book says, "Illustrations and simple, rhyming text explore the many shades of the color green." And while technically true it sort of misses the point of the book. Seeger has quietly shown us a delicate world threatened but enduring. Kids won't perceive the threat. They'll just see how many cool things in the world sport an innumerable number of shades of green. They'll see the cool green of oceans and the nighttime green of uncurled ferns. They'll see and process and remember the book that made it clear that of all the colors of the rainbow, green is the one we need for life itself. A book that is simultaneously subtle and enormously eye-catching. Call it poetry with purpose.

For ages 4-8.
36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seeing Green 21 April 2012
By E. C. Whitaker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a truly fantastic book for children. I am a Children's librarian and before this, I was a Commercial Designer. My experience has been that children rarely think in "shades of color". They usualy think of primary colors. If you ask them what color they want their room painted, they say "blue" or "pink", not a shade of those colors. This book not only shows and names of the shades of the color green, but tweeks a child's imagination to think in "shades" of every color. I will not only use this book for storytime in the library, but I will bring it to pre-school and elementary school visits. I will read it to children up to the third grade. After showing this book to my 4 year old granddaughter, she picked up a leaf and said, "Oh, grandma, this leaf is a shade of green".
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Green galore. 8 May 2012
By Heidi Grange - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Seeger never ceases to amaze me with her creativity and skill. Here is another deceptively simple yet fascinating look at the world around us. Seeger shows us the beauty and versatility of the color green. Each die cut changes form on the next page. For example, the book starts by showing a forest with two die cut leaves. When you flip the page, the die cuts have become fish. The kindergartners I shared this with were fascinated by the way the shapes stayed the same but became something else, through the changes in color and location. A delight from beginning to end.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A visual feast 4 Jun 2012
By LP Salas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Another striking and clever concept picture book from Laura Vaccaro Seeger. This one is about the color green, and great rhyming text ("forest green / sea green / lime green / pea green") and amazing use of art and cutouts make this one to look at over and over. It's hard to describe-you have to see it to appreciate it. It's really short, under 50 words, I think. So it's an incredibly fast read. But there's a lot there, visually, and you and the kids will want to return to it again and again to see how she works in each cutout to the current and previous spread.

Check out a more in-depth review at the blog 100 Scope Notes (I'm not associated with that blog).
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book 26 Dec 2012
By AJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My one year old niece was instantly enticed by these beautiful images. The holes in the page also provide texture for baby's fingers to touch.
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