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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Kingswell; First Edition edition (September 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401302424
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401302429
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

More like a book of aphoristic verse than a commemorative volume, this book collects quotes from the late Henson, as well as his characters, family members, friends and collaborators. Cheryl Henson, Jim's daughter and a current director of the Jim Henson Company, notes that some of the material comes from previously unpublished letters and personal notebooks. Henson advocates a following of one's own rainbow-"I think if you study-if you learn too much of what others have done, you may tend to take the same direction as everybody else"-and taking one's own time in doing so. ("No time is wasted time," says Cantus Fraggle.) Though some thoughts border on treacly ("When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world...It's a wonderful life and I love it"), most-especially those in the voices of Kermit and others-contain insight into Henson's unique life and work.
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About the Author

Jim Henson first started his career on a local TV show Sam and Friends in Washington D.C in 1958. In 1969, he formed the core of the children's program, Sesame Street, which continues to air today and has been shown in more than a hundred countries around the world. Henson's creations were soon seen on The Muppet Show, which aired in 1976 through 1981 and later on Fraggle Rock, Jim Henson's Muppet Babies, and Jim Henson's The Storyteller. The Muppets moved to star in six feature films: The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island, and Muppets From Space. In addition to making Muppet movies, Henson also brought two remarkably original fantasy films to the big screen, The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. Henson died in May of 1990, survived by his wife and five children.

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Most enjoyable to read over and over.
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I love everything to do with Jim Henson's creations and the puppeteers who bring these loveable characters to life.
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This new book is a nice little summary of the thoughts and dreams of the latter.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Blake Petit VINE VOICE on September 20, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Keep your Plato, your Socrates, your Descartes -- for my money the greatest philosophers of all time were Charles Schulz and Jim Henson. This new book is a nice little summary of the thoughts and dreams of the latter.

Edited by his daughter, Cheryl Henson, "It's not Easy Being Green" is a collection of writings and observations by the great Jim Henson himself, by many of the Muppet characters he created over his all-too-brief time on this Earth, and by the many friends he accrued over the years. The book is divided into segments by theme -- including ideas like dreams, companionship and love. All the things that Henson's creations exemplify.

The quotes by Henson himself are reflections of his own personal philosophy, while the quotes by characters from The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, Sesame Street and Henson's many other projects are extensions of that, showing how his beliefs and his heart touched his creations. The quotes by friends, such as Ray Charles, Frank Oz and other Muppeteers famous "guests" of the Muppets, usually give insight into Henson himself, and how his beliefs touched his life, his work, and by extension, the entire world.

The book is also dotted with sketches by Henson -- early drawings of the Muppet characters, various doodles, and even a cut-away diagram that shows how a performer would operate a Big Bird-like suit. It's a nice little addition to a good book.

I can't imagine anyone not loving the Muppets. I don't know if I'd want to meet that person. And Jim Henson himself was a performer whose imagination was matched only by his heart. This book is a wonderful portrait of that.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By MovedbyMusic on October 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Jim Henson's creativity boggles my mind to this day. This is a little book of quips relevant to his philosophy and I love the peek into his genius. Speaking of genius - Ray Charles wrote of Jim Henson: "The words say "It's not easy being green'" but the song is about knowing who you are. And in it you hear Jim's message most clearly. He believed that people are good and that they want to do their best and no matter how or why we might be different from anybody else, we should learn to love who we are and be proud of it." Amen.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By K. O. David on September 17, 2005
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This is a very good gift book that will probably have a long shelf life as one Henson fan gives it to another fan who will then buy a copy for yet another fan. I found it inspiring and thought provoking. It took me a couple of days to read through it because I kept putting it down and contemplating the passage I had read before moving onto the next page. The illustrations through out were fun. Some of them I hadn't seen before. I did learn a few things about Jim Henson the man I hadn't known before. When I got to the end, I wished it had been a little longer with some more writings or quotes from Jim Henson but overall I was very satisfied with the book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Newman on September 29, 2006
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The loss of Jim Henson greatly diminished the world. "It's Not Easy Being Green: And Other Things to Consider" gathers together some of Henson's thoughts on a variety of topics. What comes through is an individual who was deeply concerned with making a contribution to the world, and how we can all live a life in harmony with ourselves, with other people, and the world around us. This is a short read, a book for keeping in the bag on the way to work and other times when losing yourself in pleasant thoughts and deeper private reflection is appropriate.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cara Holman on February 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have always been a huge fan of the Muppets show, and was hoping to learn more about Jim Henson, the creator of and driving force behind the Muppets when I discovered this little book. Instead, it is essentially a collection of quotes by Jim Henson, his co-workers, his family, and his Muppet characters, and as such, it reads more like a eulogy than anything else.

Although bracketed by a loving tribute by his daughter Cheryl, and a brief (4 page) biography at the end, I would have liked to see more narrative of Jim Henson's life and philosophy connecting the quotes. I think I'll go check out a Jim Henson biography instead, or best yet, watch some old Muppet show re-runs!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blaine Greenfield on December 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Loved IT'S NOT EASY BEING GREEN by Jim Henson, the Muppets and

friends . . . it is a compilation of quotes, stories, anecdotes, songs and

insights, all of which gave me insight into the magical world

of the late Jim Henson.

I especially liked the introduction, written by his daughter

Cheryl . . . as she notes, her dad's approach to life made

it possible for him to create "some of the most beloved

characters the world has known and to use them to spread

social values that were important to him, such as inclusiveness,

tolerance, humor, and kindness."

Wouldn't it be great if we all could do something even

remotely similar!

For example, along the lines of what Henson did when

he expressed the desire for simpler life . . . according to

his daughter Lisa, he once "admired the job of the man who

walks along the road picking up trash with a long stick. He

thought that guy had a great job, walking along with a stick,

. . . enjoying the road, and doing only good in the world, with

hundreds of small actions."

There were so many other memorable passages in IT'S NOT EASY

BEING GREEN that it it's difficult for me to cite just

a few to include in this review . . . yet try I must, so

here's but a sampling:

* If just one person believes in you

Deep enough and strong enough

Believes in you hard enough and long enough

Before you knew it, someone else would think

"If he can do it, I can do it"

Making it two. Two whole people who believe

in you.
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