This award-winning concept book provides an illustrated explanation of the many shades of the color green, with beautifully depicted scenes in painted oils interpreting the color’s many nuances. The text, written in rhyme, explains the shade illustrated in each spread: “forest green, sea green, lime green, pea green”. There are references to what is “never green”, like a stop sign, and there are “wacky” greens like a green zebra. Die cuts on each spread add a level of complexity and playfulness, making the leaves in the “forest green” spread the outlines of the fish in the “sea green” spread. The white and black bold text simply describes each scene. Little hands will enjoy exploring the pictures and diecuts, but it could lead to accelerated wear and tear on the book.
Green received 2013 Caldecott Honors and has been designated as a Kirkus Best Children’s Book of 2012 and a Booklist Editor’s Choice for Youth.
This would be a great addition to a color-related read-aloud. Bright Hub Education’s and Preschool Express’ websites offer songs about color, many sung to the tunes of popular nursery rhymes, which children will enjoy. Printing out pictures of various objects – an apple, a leaf, a banana – and letting children color them in would be a fun coloring craft. Enchanted Learning has free printable color books that children can color in and take home.
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