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Subtle cutouts on each richly painted page of Laura Vaccaro Seeger's 'Green' similarly create a mystical sense of complexity and continuity. In this case, the images on each page refer both backward and forward, permitting a fascinating interplay of shade and hue, from the 'khaki green' of a lizard to the 'never green' of a stop sign. (The Wall Street Journal)

…the reader who settles down and slowly pages through its gorgeous acrylic paintings or, better yet, reads it aloud to a young child, will find rich rewards. Each spread describes a particular shade of green -- forest green, sea green, lime green, pea green, jungle green -- and the list actually does go on and on. (New York Times)

Seeger's skill at creating simple yet wonderfully effective concept books, as well as her mastery of die-cuts that delight in unexpected and ingenious ways, are in full evidence in this salute to the color green. (Publishers Weekly, starred)

…an enticing project in color exploration and language… (BCCB)

This is a book for turning pages, pointing, looking, talking-- fun! (Booklist, Starred)

...a triumph of artistic problem-solving. (Horn Book, Starred)

…lovely, inventive, engrossing and interactive. (Kirkus, Starred)

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. (School Library Journal, Starred)

About the Author

Among Laura Vaccaro Seeger's many distinctive books for children are First the Egg--a Caldecott Honor Book and a Geisel Honor Book; One Boy--a Geisel Honor Book; and Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories--winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book award. Laura lives on Long Island with her husband, Chris, their two sons, Drew and Dylan, and their dog, Copper.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596433973
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596433977
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.5 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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77 of 81 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 12, 2012
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.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By E. C. Whitaker on April 21, 2012
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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".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Grange on May 8, 2012
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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.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By LP Salas on June 4, 2012
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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).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AJ on December 26, 2012
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By FM24 on January 24, 2013
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Love Laura Vaccaro Seeger books! This one is a great book featuring the color green and it's many shades. Great paintings and pictures! Great book for an art lesson based off the color green and it's forms. My students loved it and got a kick out of searching in the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melinda in Pennsylvania on January 19, 2013
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This is a beautifully illustrated book which promotes curiosity and looking carefully to see how details in one illustration can hide in the bigger picture. It's a great purchase for promoting caring about environment while you teach colors.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. D. Hill on January 13, 2013
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As a a seasoned teacher of young children, I am always looking for the perfect book to utilize across the curriculum. This book does just that. Amazing art, powerful message and applicable.
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