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Green on Green



by
Dianne White
illustrated by
Felicita Sala

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Imprint
Beach Lane
ISBN
9781481462785
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A child is on a colorful journey through the seasons, filled with yellow flowers and blue coral in spring and summer and orange pumpkins and green pine forests in fall and winter. All the while, there is another colorful change on the horizon—the birth of a new sibling.

With gentle, rhyming text and vivid artwork, this book is a heartfelt celebration of family, nature, seasons, colors, and the wonder and magic of them all.

Full-color illustrations rendered in watercolor, gouache, and colored pencils.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

48

Trim Size

11" x 8 1/2"

Dewey

E

AR

0: points 0

Lexile

350L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jun 2020

Book Genres

Picture Book

Topics

Stories in rhyme. Color. Seasons. Nature.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly*, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine*

School Library Journal

“Yellow the flower./Yellow the seed./Yellow and black the buzzing bee.” Starting in the spring, this gentle verse story follows a small boy, his family, and their friends over the course of one year. Each season brings its own cozy delights, lushly depicted in Sala’s colorful spreads. Whether it’s the child playing in puddles and enjoying spring flowers, exploring the beach and picnicking with family and friends in the summer, savoring autumnal repasts, or caroling in the winter, each scene brims with love, warmth, and rural tranquility. Sharp-eyed readers will enjoy finding elements repeated throughout—a striped lighthouse in the background, the family’s horse and dog, different views of the boy’s house, the mother’s growing belly, and the appearance of a new baby in early spring. Both the mixed media illustrations and White’s pithy verses highlight the special colors of each season, with a soothing refrain of “[color] on green”—yellow in spring, blue in summer, brown in autumn, finally white in winter. A quietly comforting celebration of family and nature that can enrich most collections.

Horn Book

Do we need another picture book about the seasons? WHen it's this good, the answer is an emphatic yes. White's text is written in eminently readable verse that employes repetition, spot-on cadence, slant rhymes grounded in assonance, and inventive word choices. Early lines about summertime are representative: "Lemonade petals./ Sunflakes between./ Lemonade, sunflakes, and yellow on green." Meanwhile, Sala's art provides all narrative content, interpreting the poetic text with lush illustrations that follow a family—a child and two parents (who appear to be of South Asian decent)—through the seasons in their rural coastal community. One marker of the passage of time is the mother's growing belloy. Another is Sala's shifting palette to visually depict the changing seasons: green dominates early scenes set in spring; then summertime blue skies and ocean waters take hold; followed by warm autumnal golds and browns; then snowy winter whites. (Endpapers feature portraits of the same tree in four different seasons.) Green returns again in closing pages, which also introduce a new baby into the new family. Cozy and calming, familiar and fresh, Green on Green is great.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

“Yellow the flower./Yellow the seed./Yellow and black the buzzing bee.” Starting in the spring, this gentle verse story follows a small boy, his family, and their friends over the course of one year. Each season brings its own cozy delights, lushly depicted in Sala’s colorful spreads. Whether it’s the child playing in puddles and enjoying spring flowers, exploring the beach and picnicking with family and friends in the summer, savoring autumnal repasts, or caroling in the winter, each scene brims with love, warmth, and rural tranquility. Sharp-eyed readers will enjoy finding elements repeated throughout—a striped lighthouse in the background, the family’s horse and dog, different views of the boy’s house, the mother’s growing belly, and the appearance of a new baby in early spring. Both the mixed media illustrations and White’s pithy verses highlight the special colors of each season, with a soothing refrain of “[color] on green”—yellow in spring, blue in summer, brown in autumn, finally white in winter. A quietly comforting celebration of family and nature that can enrich most collections.

Horn Book

Do we need another picture book about the seasons? WHen it's this good, the answer is an emphatic yes. White's text is written in eminently readable verse that employes repetition, spot-on cadence, slant rhymes grounded in assonance, and inventive word choices. Early lines about summertime are representative: "Lemonade petals./ Sunflakes between./ Lemonade, sunflakes, and yellow on green." Meanwhile, Sala's art provides all narrative content, interpreting the poetic text with lush illustrations that follow a family—a child and two parents (who appear to be of South Asian decent)—through the seasons in their rural coastal community. One marker of the passage of time is the mother's growing belloy. Another is Sala's shifting palette to visually depict the changing seasons: green dominates early scenes set in spring; then summertime blue skies and ocean waters take hold; followed by warm autumnal golds and browns; then snowy winter whites. (Endpapers feature portraits of the same tree in four different seasons.) Green returns again in closing pages, which also introduce a new baby into the new family. Cozy and calming, familiar and fresh, Green on Green is great.

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