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The Green Book

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  809 Ratings  ·  132 Reviews
Pattie and her family are among the last refugees to flee a dying Earth in an old spaceship. And when the group finally lands on the distant planet which is to be their new home, it seems that the four-year journey has been a success. But as they begin to settle this shiny new world, they discover that the colony is in serious jeopardy. Nothing on this planet is edible, an ...more
ebook, 96 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published 1982)
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Mar 09, 2012 Brian rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood
I vividly remember reading this book in the fifth grade. I found it unscientific, wildly implausible, vague, and artistically undistinguished.
The book takes place at an unspecified date in the future when the sun is dying for an unspecified reason. The main characters--like many people on the planet--are leaving the earth--however, the nation that they belong to is poor, and cannot afford to take much with them. They can therefore only take a few crops and animals with them, and each person can
Perhaps if I'd read this when I was 8. Before I'd ever read any other science fiction. But I would still have been bugged by the internal inconsistencies of the story, not to mention the huge gaping holes in it. So all they are going to eat is wheat flour and moth wing soup? ForEVER? And how could they not know how long the day was on a planet they had approached for months? And who was the mysterious Guide? And why didn't they talk among themselves about who was bringing which book before board ...more
Erin Reilly-Sanders
I first picked up this short little novel because I had heard of several teachers using it to teach about sustainability. However, I was somewhat disappointed in their classroom plans when I found that the earth in the story is "dying" due to what seems a natural aging of the sun rather than over-extension of earth's resources or pollution, making the main "green" thing about the book its title, which refers to the color of a journal. In any case, it is a sweet little story and worth the time to ...more
Bethany Lockhart
I was pretty surprised to read such mixed reviews of this book. I loved it! It was sweet. Narrated by a child and with such a lovely perspective that you were totally transported. Short book, but a total delight.
Leanna Henderson
My son’s 3rd grade class read this book, and I picked it up and started reading it. I found the first chapter very interesting, so I actually went to the library and checked it out so he could take his copy back to class. It is an interesting little story about a group of people who go to colonize another planet after something devastating has happened on Earth.

Very thought-provoking for kids that age, who might not have ever considered a concept like colonizing a new land or a new world. Espe
Brian James
Feb 14, 2016 Brian James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A deceptively simple book that packs its thin pages with equal parts hope and worry. The story follows a family on last ditch journey away from a dying Earth. With only enough fuel to reach the unknown distant planet designated for them by richer, more connected refugees that left Earth long before, the passengers on the old ship are allowed only the bare minimum of supplies and only one personal item, along with a book. When they arrive, they have no idea whether the planet will support them or ...more
I heard about this book on Reading Rainbow many years ago, and I've loved it ever since. The story is short, simple, and haunting. I still think it would make a wonderful movie…
Very strange narration. It slips from an unknow first person narration to third person. At the end the strange narration is explained.

As I was reading the book I thought it came from the sixties and was surprise it came from the eighties. It has the cold war attiude that Earth is doomed. It made me also think of The Little Prince which also wasn't my cup of tea.

The science of the book also seems to belong more to the sixties than the eighties. For example it skips over how a group of people coul
J. Luis Licea
Jul 10, 2015 J. Luis Licea rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
all i kept thinking when i was reading this to my sister was, "what a bad book."
and our mother chimed in, "yet, you're still reading it!"
Dec 30, 2014 Krystle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.
Feb 19, 2016 Ron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Green Book was the perfect story at the perfect time for our family. Our daughter was a very early reader, and good chapter books that she could read that don't get into overly adult material - yet did not insult her intelligence - were hard to find. (if your impulse is to start listing them - we are avid readers, have no fear - we never ran out)

The child protagonists of this book were a great entry point for her - their intelligence was also something she appreciated. The Green Book was her
Mackenzie Peter
Genre- Science Fiction
In this adventurous book, Jill Paton Walsh writes about humans having to leave earth and live on a new planet. Exploring this new planet and colonizing on this planet may be harder than they expected.

The Green Book starts off with Pattie and her family leaving Earth on a spaceship with other people because earth is being destroyed by a natural disaster. Every passenger on the ship is allowed one book, and Pattie chooses a blank book. Once arrived to the new planet, the wate
Ms. Choi
Feb 28, 2015 Ms. Choi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-5-reading
SCIENCE FICTION - THE GREEN BOOK is about a group of people who leave Earth due to an unknown crisis. They arrive at another planet and Pattie, the youngest girl in the group, is allowed to pick the name for it and decides to call it Shine. Because they are not able to bring much with them, the people bring a handful of clothes, resources, and one book. Pattie decides to bring an empty book. When the people arrive, many of the crops do not grow, nothing is really edible, and a lot of the individ ...more
Mar 08, 2015 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the Earth becomes uninhabitable, an Father along with his three children (Pattie, Joe, and Sarah) are put into a space ship and sent to a far away moon that orbits Jupiter. The family is from a poor country and has no choice except to go where they are sent. All of the wealthy people were sent to colonies on the Moon and Mars, but this family is sent on a journey that would take years to travel to. The ship is packed with everything that they would need to sustain life for a year. The repo ...more
Josie ⚓
Mar 06, 2014 Josie ⚓ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school-books
Why I was required to read this book in the ninth grade, I'll never know. It MIGHT would have been interesting in the second or third grade, but it was entirely too childish to be a required reader in the ninth.

For one, it is completely unrealistic and childish, as I have already said. In most science fictions, you know it's not real, but it has some realistic value, and it's intriguing. This book has neither.

Second, it was slightly sad, and very depressing. The fact that the Earth was dying,
Feb 24, 2015 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apocalypse, memoir, kids
I have read this book so many times, which isn't hard because it is so slim and straight-forward. But to call it simple would be a deception. There is so much nestled between its spare sentences--small hints of musings on economic inequality, climate change, community, tolerance. But it's the one big thing that story pivots on that most entrances me--the importance of story to our humanity.
Jun 30, 2014 Sidney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this when I was ten. I didn't know what the title was because the cover was ripped off. But I still found a way to look it up :D.

This made my childhood fun and memorable. I love it. these are the kinds of books you won't easily forget because the story is really good and mysterious.

this book made me a sci-fi loving reader!! I love scifi! THUMBS UP!!!
Alix Mckee
Feb 02, 2014 Alix Mckee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kris Patrick
This book has me questioning the extent of my knowledge of children's lit history... I'm wondering how much science fiction was being published for kids in the eighties? Possible use as a companion text to Among the Hidden or City of Ember. Would be great for teaching visualization.
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Science Fiction: This is going to be us in a few centuries. Aren't people already planning to go to Mars? The possibilities of that happening was low (I remember reading this in fifth grade), or we were always going to go another planet and I was just too young to understand.

Anyways, I'm pretty sure I forgot this book even though I loved it. All I remember is that the planet was named Shine because of the way the grass was described, "sharp and shiny" I believe. And they couldn't eat the wheat
I love Paton Walsh's writing, and here she does not disappoint; her descriptions are beautiful, well-imagined, concrete and touching. But I am too aware of the realities of exploring (and colonising) other worlds to find it a believable story; I kept wondering that the adults would be so trusting, that there were no real scientists, that they would drink the water and risk the rabbits (food animals, rabbits) so quickly, and all of that. I wish she had made it a story about a door into faerie, th ...more
Apr 10, 2015 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-wrap-up
A book for young readers just getting into sci-fi.

A tale that follows a young girl and her family as they travel with a "colony" to a new planet to escape the destruction of Earth.

They have many hardships. As you would expect with arriving on an unknown planet. They also have some adventures and fun.

I really enjoyed the little references to other "good books" that might interest a child in further reading, even though most of the references are probably too old for this target audience.
Apr 21, 2012 JS rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember first picking this book up in elementary school as this was a recommended reading book. I didn't read it at that time but soon after, I found this book in the bargain books section of the book store and decided to give it a try. Ever since I bought it, it stayed on my bookshelf collecting dust. However, what made me pick this book up now, was its size, it's only 80 pages long! I'm currently behind on my 50 book challenge and I thought that reading this book would help me catch up. I r ...more
Mar 10, 2013 Theresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The green book is a very interesting and informative tale, written for elementary school children. Pattie and her family are forced by the dying of the sun to leave earth. But because of the poverty of their country and lateness of their departure they are force to make do with tools, a change of clothes, and one book a piece. Patties father has allowed the children to choose their own books, but that is not without problems on the long four year long journey to another world. Her father has cho ...more
Dom Alvarez
Nov 15, 2013 Dom Alvarez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone thinks that science fiction and fantasy books have to be long, but this one is only 69 pages (63 if you don't count the title and dedication pages). And for 69 pages, this is pretty interesting. It does not get elaborate with its explanations, but the main character is a little girl and I wouldn't expect her to know about everything anyways.

This is much more of a soft sci-fi since it pays more attention to how the people are interacting and how they are developing as a culture/society.
Mar 26, 2015 bookling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember reading this book in fourth grade, and it was probably the first science fiction book I had ever read. I don't remember most of the book, I just vividly remember the wonder I felt when the main character was describing this completely alien world, with long grass that was sharp and shone like glass. It was so new to me at the time, and probably sparked an interest in sci-fi and fantasy worlds in me.
Tali Balas
Intriguing, thoughtful little novel. The first person narration is at once odd and engaging. Science fiction isn't often available at this age and, while I understand others criticism that the story is not perfectly crafted, this is one of those haunting stories that says more than you realize. It's slim size suggests a younger audience but the themes and language complexity gear it to 4th and up.
Sara Grossaint
I just had a crazy weird flashback to my childhood and this book CONFUSING THE SHIT OUT OF ME but it's stuck with me for a long time, popping up in my memories every few years and I only just now was able to google enough to figure out what the book was even called. I might go grab this for cheap on Amazon or something sometime because I'm curious just how much I remember from it.
Alexa Rynston-Lobel
I find the book very interesting because the family is on a new planet and starting to get to know a new place where they have never been before. I like that they made new friends with the moths because they get to know other animals and other people. The name of the planet Shine was a great name for the planet because it was sunny and bright there and they got a beach. It sounds like a great place to me. It is great to make new friends in a new place where they have never been before. It is als ...more
Matt Bohnhoff
Feb 19, 2015 Matt Bohnhoff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, owned
I have a thing for sci fi where colonists are forced to settle new planets without the aid of high technology. This book, despite being short, simple, and childish, touches strikes those chords sufficiently. Almost the genre boiled down to a parable. Just don't approach this book expecting anything grounded in good logical science.
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Jill Paton Walsh was born Gillian Bliss in London on April 29th, 1937. She was educated at St. Michael's Convent, North Finchley, and at St. Anne's College, Oxford. From 1959 to 1962 she taught English at Enfield Girls' Grammar School.

Jill Paton Walsh has won the Book World Festival Award, 1970, for Fireweed; the Whitbread Prize, 1974 (for a Children's novel) for The Emperor's Winding Sheet; The
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