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4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,912 Ratings  ·  605 Reviews
Die cut pages bring surprise after surprise in this magical new book from the "Queen of the concept book"—an intricate and satisfying homage to green, the color of all creation.

How many kinds of green are there? There's the lush green of a forest on a late spring day, the fresh, juicy green of a just-cut lime, the incandescent green of a firefly, and the vivid aquamarine o
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Roaring Brook Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mar 13, 2012 Betsy rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Lisa Vegan
This is a simple concept book but I love it. It probably helps that if I had to name a favorite color I’d have to say green.

I am perplexed about why two pages have just the words green with no adjectives because I could think of at least one for each of those. Even the zebra page works because of the (cute and amusing) adjective on its page.

The illustrations are gorgeous and they have interesting (not overdone) cutouts. Truly stunning!

While the pages are simple, they are not boring. Toward the
Jul 30, 2013 Philip rated it it was amazing
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Autographed Copy of Green

(Yes, those are my daughters with their fantastic aunt and an autographed copy of the book.)

My sister went to the ALA Convention in Chicago this year. The author of this book, Green was there, and was willing to autograph (and personalize) a copy.

So, this review is in part me saying: Hey Sis, I don't think I'll ever say to you "don't forget to be awesome" because you never forget. (And yes, that was a subtle tribute to another Green booky thingy... Get it, Green?) And part me saying: This book i
Linda Robinson
Feb 16, 2013 Linda Robinson rated it it was amazing
The star choices disappeared. All I see is "clear." Which frees me to give this book 12 stars. The benefit of reading the not-so-great Caldecott winner was that it led me to Laura Vaccaro Seeger. I wish (on all of those 12 stars) that she has a book deal for all the colors a small child can name. Orange. Blue. Purple. Yellow. Red. The brush strokes are marvelous, wide, free: I can smell the paint and brush cleaner. I love die cuts, and I am giddy about Ms. Seeger's placements and shapes. Oh, the ...more
Mar 05, 2013 Kathryn rated it liked it
I appreciate the concept and the kid in me loved the cut-outs on each page and how the green fit in from one page to another. But, overall I just wasn't wild about the style of illustrations and since that's pretty much the main aspect of the book, it's just a three star for me, unfortunately.
Mary Lee
If it's by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, I know I'm going to be surprised and amazed. This book takes surprise and amazement to a whole new level.

GREEN is an homage to the color green, to all of its shades and hues. Each spread is a painting that goes with the text, and each page has one or more cut-outs that include color from the next spread. The text seems to be a simple rhyming list, but as one who has worked really hard on the endings of my poems, I so admire the fact that her text is far from "sim
Sep 28, 2015 Ricki rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
The limited words on each page allow the reader to get lost in the beauty of the illustrations of this gorgeous children's book. I was expecting the typical greens but was pleasantly surprised to see the clever takes on wacky green, slow green, and no green at all. I glided from page to page, appreciating the clever cutouts and visual appeal of this incredible children's book.

This text could be used at a variety of levels. In my reading, I felt it is really asking readers: "How many different wa
Mar 03, 2012 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Another stunning, imaginative offering from Laura Vacarro Seeger, this title highlights all the incredible shades of my favorite color, green. Thus, her die-cut illustrations feature the green of a juicy, just-cut lime, the darkish tones of pea green in a bowl of newly-shelled peas, and the slow-moving green of a caterpillar creeping across a flower petal, among others. Each double-page spread has a cut-out that belongs to the next page, and as readers reach the end of the book, they encounter o ...more
Dec 05, 2012 Dolly rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, favorites, art, 2012
I was a little nervous about how our girls would react to this book. After all, it's a book about a color with short page descriptions, more than a narrative. I was prepared for them to call it babyish, but I asked them to just check out the awesome illustrations. Besides, green is our oldest daughter's favorite color (or one of them, anyway) so I thought she might like it.

How silly could I be? Our girls loved this book. Such a fitting tribute to the color green. The die cut pages were amazing
Apr 23, 2016 Anne rated it it was amazing
This is probably the first and only book on my list I'll have had read to me by the author! This is a beautiful book and oh-so-clever in its design. It's deceptively simple, but really one of the more complex books I've ever read (well, had read to me!)
Bruce Gargoyle
I received a copy of this title from Pan MacMillan Australia for review.

Ten Second Synopsis:
A clever foray into the colour green, its shades and symbolism.

“How engaging can a book about a single colour actually be?” I suspect you might be asking yourself. Green is not your average, colour-based picture book. For starters, it makes use of some very clever die-cut holes that lead the reader on to the next page. While die-cuts are always fun in and of themselves, the die-cuts in this particular boo
Jun 10, 2015 Erin rated it liked it
1) “Imagine a world without color, my friends... just a blank white slate. My hair wouldn’t be brown, but rather plain white. Katie’s dress wouldn’t be pink with purple polka dots, but just plain white, and Cameron’s highlighter yellow socks would just be the regular white kind. Can you imagine a world like this? I can't! I simply love to see the vibrant colors of summer sunsets. Color is one way to add great detail to our writing, and in Green, a book written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, she descri ...more
Mar 24, 2013 Sunday rated it it was amazing
LOVE THIS BOOK!!!! Seeger’s text and illustrations require students to slow down and look closely and think. Each two-page spread in green, a 2012 Caldecott Honor Book, is dedicated to one particular shade of green. I finished this book and then read it again immediately, slowing myself down, savoring each page and thinking through the difference between the shades of green that Seeger features. Most of the shades are revealed through a nonfiction topic – forest green, sea green, lime green, pea ...more
April Voss
Sep 13, 2012 April Voss rated it it was amazing
The book, Green is the ultimate concept book with beautiful illustrations. The color green is portrayed in so many different ways that are really eye opening to children. This book's ornate details make it one of a kind. This book is a fun way for children to learn about their colors and could also be used for an art lesson.
Acrylics are the source of artistic media used to create the illustrations throughout this book. Color is a stand out feature in this book since the illustrations make up t
Jun 18, 2012 babyhippoface rated it really liked it
What I Appreciated:
> clever use of cut-outs -- I love that leaves become fish and a butterfly becomes a flower and fireflies become apples
> introduction to different shades of green (obviously)
> "glow green" page -- This was far and away my favorite spread. The fireflies were nice, but I LOVE the barn light. It's a small thing, but it really resonated with me. There's just a simple beauty to it.

What I Felt Was...Odd, Let's Say:
> "forever green" on a page with trees that will los
Oct 05, 2013 Hannah rated it it was amazing
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Summary:This concept book was about the color green. It showed that green can come in many different shades. Some things are always green and some things are never green. It had some slight humor and various die cut shapes were on every page.
Reaction:I thought this was a wonderful color concept book. Even though it only focused on one color -it was great. I love the die cuts in the pages that connect you to the colors on the next page. The end of the book was my favorite section because I though
Jul 29, 2015 Laila rated it it was amazing
I love this book! Minimal text, great illustrations, all about different shades of green. Lime green with a picture of cut limes, wacky green for a zebra with green stripes, no green for a snowy scene. I think this is going to be a good story time book. (For colors, or the letter G.)
Sarah Sammis
Feb 22, 2013 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing
Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger was a 2013 Caldecott Honor book. Where One Boy teaches children some basics of counting as well as words within words, this one highlights many shades of green as well as the things in life that are (or in some cases, not) green.

Like One Boy, Green has die cut shapes that help unite the pages by allowing bits of color through. Here, the shapes are much smaller and more subtle — sometimes making just a few petals on a flower or among the camouflage of colors, some re
Angela Bailey
Title / Author / Publication Date:
Green. / Laura Vaccaro Seeger. / 2012.

Genre: Fiction.

Format: Picturebook - print.

Plot summary:
“Illustrations and simple, rhyming text explore the many shades of the color green” (NoveList).

Considerations or precautions for readers advisory:
big and bold pictures, concept book - shades of the color green

Review citation:
“…this book begs readers to stop and look, and then look again, discovering and delighting in the vast variety subsumed by a single word: green” (K
Jessica Lopez
Mar 06, 2015 Jessica Lopez rated it really liked it
I never would have thought a simple book about one color could be so amazing. The author uses die cut pages that create a story with each page you turn. Her approach demonstrates the variety that exists within one concept.
Caldecott Honor Book, Copyright 2012

Genre: Realistic Fiction. This is a story of made up characters that could happen in real life. The paintings are of real animals.
Target Audience: Primary, PreK - 1st Grade. This book is very colorful and bold. It has a simple story and would be visually appealing to younger audiences.

Making Connections
Text to Self: This book is entirely illustrated by paintings. I made an immediate connection here because I love to paint. Its one of my favorite ways to relax
Feb 04, 2016 Amnah rated it really liked it
This book is a nice book because it has very beautiful picture book. It gets the Caldecott winner. I like it because it is really simple and direct. there is no story in this book just some words about something natural has a green color. for example, pea green, fern green, wacky green, slow green, shaded green and in the last two words in this book were ( forever green).

To analyzing the illustrations, the first thing I noticed when I looked for this book, is the simplicity and clarity at the s
Marissa Everett
Sep 09, 2015 Marissa Everett rated it really liked it
This book is about; you guessed it, the color green! Khaki green, forest green, fern green are just a few that are named and some way Laura Vaccaro Seeger makes it genuinely entertaining. Green contains great art with creative cutouts that keep you turning the page to find out how they’re going to be incorporated next.

Overall, Green was a great book. There was minimal text but that didn’t take anything away from me as a reader. I felt the pictures and intricate play of the cutouts made up for t
Alyssa Wilger
Feb 28, 2014 Alyssa Wilger rated it really liked it
Green is exactly what it seems. It's a book full of shades of green in different environments shown with beautiful illustrations and creative die cut shapes on each page.
Green is one of my favorite colors. Reading this book reminds me of the variety or emotions that are associated with green. It seem like such a simple book, but with every page I read there is an emotion attached to it. For example the "lime green" reminded me of the crisp flavor of lime and the warmth of summer, "no green" rem
Jeannene Egan
Feb 22, 2014 Jeannene Egan rated it it was amazing
Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger is a Caldecott winner. This book had great graphics. This book did not have many words, and I believe it would teach a young child well. It would help them practice words and shades of green at the same time.
Text to self – I can relate to this book because of the color green. My boyfriend’s family is re-painting their living room. The living room is green and his mother wants to keep the living room green. So, the other day they were listing off different shades of
Green is a book describing all the many colors of green by using the natural world to describe them. Readers are able to see what they see outside and make connections with that and the book. The illustrations in the book are paintings that are very bright and each illustration represents the many different colors of green. This book is visually appealing but also offers young readers to make the connection between the different types of green, as well as when we don’t see any green at all. Very ...more
Trey Stuthman
Feb 28, 2014 Trey Stuthman rated it really liked it
Caldecott Award Winner

Text-to-Self: This book was somewhat difficult to try to relate to. However, once I thought about the hidden meaning I was able to relate to it. I was able to relate to this book in the sense that we are all different in our own ways, yet we are still human. This book went through different variations of green and unique pictures of that specific colors. I personally cherish items/people that are unique in their own way and I enjoy seeing different variations of people with
Jim Erekson
Feb 04, 2013 Jim Erekson rated it liked it
The die cuts are excellent uses of frame as a visual technique, which became most clear when words appeared inside some. I wished the text had been less directly representational of what was in the pictures. This did not feel like a preschool book (although I imagine it will likely come back as a board book), so some more complex relationships between words and pictures would make the experience richer for older picture book readers.
Peter Besbeas
Apr 24, 2014 Peter Besbeas rated it liked it
The book Green was an excellent book for children learning their colors. The book shows many different types of green including a green forest, limes, ferns and many more types of green. The book has pretty standard illustrations with simple objects and settings. The book is a nice quick read. A very enjoyable book if your favorite color happens to be green. This book could be used before a lesson about colors (specifically the color green). This lesson would obviously be for much younger childr ...more
Mercedes Enciso
Dec 14, 2014 Mercedes Enciso rated it it was amazing
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Seeger, L. (2012). Green. New York: Roaring Brook Press.

Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger is a great children’s book about the color green. In this book, we are able to see different shades of green with the help of more great cutouts throughout the book. In this book we see forest green, sea green and even slow green when a caterpillar is on a flower petal. With this book we learn that there are many types of different shades of green. We also learn many different adjectives like; wacky, slow, fade
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Laura Vaccaro Seeger is a New York Times best-selling author and illustrator and the recipient of a 2008 Caldecott Honor, Theodor Seuss Geisel Honors for both 2009 and 2008, a 2007 New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award, and the 2007 Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Best Picture Book. Her books include First the Egg, The Hidden Alphabet, and Dog and Bear, among others.

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