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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  3,478 ratings  ·  572 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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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
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
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
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
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
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 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2012, childrens, art, favorites
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Marissa Everett
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Ally Irwin
Seeger, L. (2012). Green. New York: Roaring Brook Press.

Every page said something green. Some examples would be forest green, wacky green, slow green, pea green, jungle green, and fern green. The last few pages one was of a snowy house and said no green, than the next page is a boy planting a tree. The last page says forever green with a son and father standing next to some trees. The picture in this book was very bright with so many different types of green. My favorite thing about this book wa
Samantha Mckay
Green was a book of just different shades of green. With each color green, the picture correlated to the word. For example forest green, there was a picture of a forest, or lime green there was a picture of limes. This was also a cut out book, which made it a little more interesting. This would be a good book for a very little kid just learning to read because there was only one or two words on each page. This was illustrated in great detail paying attention to the color green, and it was all ve ...more
Caitlin Lichtenberg
(Disclaimer: I might be a little bias when reviewing and rating this book because green has always been my favorite color.)
That in mind, I can only rave about how much I love this book. There is so much depth into the color green, and I love that this book explored the different shades and moods of this color. I am not surprise that this book won a Caldecott Honor Medal. The pictures are so detailed and beautiful. I liked the end of the book where they had two pages with no green on them, and th
Katy East
I absolutely loved this book. The only words are the labels for the different colors of green. It' amazing how many different colors there are. Seeger does a skillful job of making each page interlace with the one previous to it, and the one coming up. Each page left me wondering what the cutout would be a part of next, and I was amazed at the times when I could hardly see what I saw on the last page because it was so neatly embedded in the illustrations. The words float around the pages and bou ...more
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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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