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The Whole Green World Hardcover – March 24, 2005
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PreSchool-Grade 1–A spirited young girl, accompanied by her shaggy dog, describes how she plants some seeds, cares for them, and then enjoys the flowers and trees that make the "whole round world" beautiful. Each verse details a particular action and ends with a refrain that evokes the title: "I've got a little water can./(Skinny, tinny water can.)/Got a little water can/to wet the whole round world." The narrator stays very busy tending to her plants, spreading happiness along the way, and enjoying a final dance through green environs. Johnston's repetitive language is playful and reads aloud smoothly. Done in a variety of mediums, the full-page folk-art paintings are filled to the brim with people, animals, bugs, and blooms. Even the pages with text have illustrations in a circle around the words. Kids could spend hours just looking at everything in the pictures. The bright colors and rhythmic language also make this a good choice for units that celebrate nature.–Bethany L. W. Hankinson, Miller Elementary School, Newark, OH
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