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The Green Book (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) School & Library Binding – September 1, 1986


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • School & Library Binding: 69 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback (September 1, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785750444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785750444
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,963,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Green Book is a clever and beautifully shaped little combination of future fiction and metafiction. . .It is the record of the exodus of a group of Britons from a dying Earth to a new planet. . .The naïve courage of the children. . .saves the colony." --Starred, School Library Journal
“An enthralling story, flawlessly told.”—The New Yorker
 
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jill Paton Walsh is the author of books for adults, young adults and children. Her novel Knowledge of Angels was short-listed for the Booker Prize. Her crime novels and mystery novels include The Attenbury Emeralds, A Presumption of Death, The Wyndham Case and A Piece of Justice, which was shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award. With Dorothy L. Sayers, she was co-author of Thrones, Dominations. Her novels for children and young adults include A Parcel of Patterns. She lives in Cambridge, England.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Customer Reviews

I use this in my 3rd grade classroom as a read aloud.
Emily E. Loftis
And the twist - the gimmick of "the green book" - is perfectly executed, much the way Roald Dahl ends his beloved book The BFG.
A Customer
She personally said that she really didn't `get' this book, but she thought I would enjoy it.
Quesadilla

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 2003
Format: Paperback
I first read The Green Book in fourth grade and finally managed to buy a copy about eight years later. It is a simple but beautiful story that manages to convey the power of family and hope alongside of scientific technology and discovery that anyone can understand. Kids and adults will identify with the excitement and heartbreak of having to leave one's homeland with only a few possessions. The theme of having to leave one's homeland in the first place is full of eagerness, but also sorrow.
The descriptions of the planet Shine are perfectly drawn, enough for us to picture it but not overkill. The discovery of the rock people is excellent, reminding the reader of all the strange and wonderful beings that could be out there. And the twist - the gimmick of "the green book" - is perfectly executed, much the way Roald Dahl ends his beloved book The BFG.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a beautifully written story about a group of people who have to leave Earth, forever. Their spaceship takes 4 years to get to a planet named shine. The party faces many hardships, for example, all of the vegetation is crystalline! The story line is unique, as it is written from a childs point of veiw. If you're wondering aout this book, trust me, read it!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
I think The Green Book is a great book for kids to read. This book tells about people who have to go to another planet to survive because the earth is dying. This book is great. One reason why it is great is because whenever the planet Shine is in danger, the kids come to the rescue! The kids find food, animals, and a way to survive. I think every kid should read this book. Alexa B.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Muriel Alexander on July 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
Jill Patton Walsh has successfully written a book about a book! In this story she traces the journey of a small band of people as they journey to a new planet from a dying planet Earth. However, the most noteworthy piece of this story is how children who read this book learn the importance of journal writing and recording history. The subtlety Walsh uses to weave the almost thoughtless way the travelers selected the books that would be taken on the journey to the surprise revelation of the existence of Pattie's journal as a recorded history of the beginning of their new life on the planet is nothing short of masterful.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "ripper_" on March 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
I read this book for the first time more than ten years ago in a second or third-grade gifted and talented class. It's stayed with me all that time and is without a doubt one of the most formative and definative works of literature I've ever read. I can recommend this without any hesitation at all for any reader of any age.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ar-day Wilson on March 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
THE GREEN BOOK
The green book was about people leaving earth. Pattie and her family were the last people to leave earth. When they got to the new planet Pattie named the new planet. She named it "The Shine". The reason why she named it the shine was the grass was like glass and the water was silver.
Pattie is the main character of the story. The reason she was the main character was because she named the new planet. She is also the one who found the green book. She is kind, funny, friendly, cheerful, and she is the youngest in her family.
The problem in this book was that they had to leave Earth. Another one is that they only had enough gas to get to the new planet. Also, the grass was like glass.
They solved the problems by making the best of the new planet. They made it to the new planet. They wore shoes all of the time.
I would recommend this book to people who like adventure. Also, I would recommend this if you like to try new things. I wouldn't recommend this book if you don't like trying new things.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wisconsin Mom on January 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
The Green Book is a great story. It is filled with adventure, excitement, and it's fun to read. It would be fun to live on a planet like Shine. It would also be scary becuase you wouldn't have much food and everything would be different. It takes you to another world that is not like our planet earth. I would recommend it for all ages.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
It saddens me to think that some people could read this book and think that it somehow advocates suicide. It saddens me to know that someone could go through public schooling in the United States and still be such an unsophisticated reader. I don't really know what to say to an adult who cannot understand a book written for nine year olds, who cannot understand art because he or she is blinded by a simpleminded moral agenda...but I'll try. The whole point of the book is that the children risk their lives because they DON'T want to commit suicide. They are willing to take the most drastic measures to avoid committing suicide. They are already exiles from Earth. They don't want to lose anything else (i.e. their lives). If anything, the book says that life is the most important thing in the world--in the universe. Yes, you could say that the pills represent despair, but the important thing is that nobody takes them, nobody wants to die by their own hand. So, shame on you! You shouldn't be allowed to read books. You can't handle the responsibility of reading, the responsibility of interpreting the story based on WHAT IS IN THE TEXT. Go back to your television.
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