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The Green Book

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  572 ratings  ·  103 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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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
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
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. Esp
Josie ⚓
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,
Ada F
My librarian, Walter, recommended this to me, saying that it was a good science fiction classic. After reading it in a couple of hours, I think he was right. I certainly have read better science fiction, but The Green Book was interesting and well-written. It's very soft (science fiction wise) and some of the aspects are not so plausible, but it is a very creative book. I also thought that it was exactly the length it needed to be. One weird thing was that throughout the entire book, the narrato ...more
Alix Mckee
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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.
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.
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…
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
Jin Sun
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
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 A
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.
Jul 26, 2014 DD rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Absolutely no one
To put a short story even shorter: this book is the single most boring thing I have ever read. In 9th grade, I had a pretty long book list, but this book is the one I remember best because no one in my class could believe how incredibly awful it was. Everything is vague and unexplained and the pacing is so bad that 80 short pages felt like an eternity. If you haven't already been forced to read this book for school, please steer clear of it.
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!!!
at least twice people have asked for help at so it must be a book that makes an impact...

ETA - there's now a been a third request...

And so I got it from the library. And the blurbs on the back emphasize the grace of the language, but I didn't really see that. I can't find one line worthy of quoting.

It just seemed like a simplistic story with a simple moral about being open to new ways of thinking. That one theme explains why the father, a mere mechanic on
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The Green Book is a great introduction to science fiction. The book and chapters are short enough to keep the reader's attention. Pattie and her family have to leave Earth because it is dying. They take seeds and a limit supply of essentials from Earth to start their new life on Shine. Each person is also allowed to take one book. Due to differences in environment, none of the seeds will grow properly and the colonists are concerned that they will die. Fortunately Pattie and her friend discover ...more
Amy For
Its probably ok for kids (3rd-4th grade?), easy to read, presents interesting ideas. Anyone older - too easy, leaves a lot of questions, and not too well-planned. But if you want a quick and easy read, try it out!
I liked this "end of the Earth, find a new planet" science fiction book better than I anticipated. This short novel is a good choice for advanced primary readers.
Jan 06, 2012 Beth rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Beth by: Chad F
A very quick read at 69 pages. My 5th grade son read this book. I read it as well, so we could discuss it. We both originally thought that the title an cover meant that the book would be about bucolic farm life, but it is about people fleeing earth just before a disaster that causes earth to cease existing. A decent 5th grade book with lots of discussion points: survival, journaling, adapting to change, getting along with other people, establishing a new society, etc.

Oh, and each person that le
This is a HORRIBLE book!!! I'm not big on science fiction, but I'll read it. This book is just SOOOOOOO BORING!!!!!!!
Cara Mosier
I read this book in elementary school and it just fascinated me. Now, fifteen years later, I'm still just as enchanted by this book as I was at 10. It is one of those gripping stories that captures your interest and your heart right from the beginning. I would recommend this book to anyone, children and adults, interested in science fiction.
Josephine Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
I read this in 6th grade and have since then looked for ways to get my hands on it. Finally, found it on BookMooch and had it shipped from a kind person in the Philippines.

This was my first venture into science fiction, and it's very light. Very interesting for kids to read, as I was reading the first chapter to my brother, I picked up on some very heavy and important messages about earth that I missed when we read it in science class. This book is great to read in one sitting, and is good for p
This book was very short and kind of fun to read. It had quite a bit of symbolism, but I'm sure I never would have noticed them if not for Sister Willburn.

Summary: Patty and her family escape from a dying Earth with several others. After four years of traveling in a spaceship, they land on the small, unknown planet Shine. After building a small community, encountering strange giant moths and despairing that nothing edible can be grown on this planet, Patty and her sister Sarah discover that the
The book equivalent of a made-for-the Oscars movie. Plus alien moths.
Interesting book and I can see why it is so popular in classrooms. Perfect intro to journaling, civilizations, inter-cultural (species) relations, priorities, literature... Lots.

It reads like a long short story. Nice vibes about the kids. Bitter words about classism and greed among the adults. Interesting how skills are valued based on what the society needs; they are not valuable in and of themselves, unlike writing, which is both!!

The story is cleverly constructed and I thought the ending was
We read this as a class in fifth grade and I thought this book dragged on, even though it only has 80 pages. I only gave this book one star because while we were reading, I was thinking, "What on EARTH? (or should I say, "What on Shine?")" I mean, who's gonna build LOG CABINS on a distant planet?! Another thing: all the scientific flaws; a star does not shrink and turn blue when it dies. There are many other flaws that barely deserve to be overlooked, but I absolutely did not enjoy this book at ...more
My biggest problem with the book is small, but I just can't get over it. If you have even a basic understanding of nutrition you know even if the colony solves all it's problems they are screwed. We are talking about all those horrible diseases that you get from lack of vitamins. We are talking no protein. We are talking only simple sugars and wheat (if they can get the wheat to grow. I don't want any spoilers). The world seems interesting and the community pretty if idyllic, but I wouldn't want ...more
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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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