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The Green Book

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  947 Ratings  ·  146 Reviews
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Paperback, 80 pages
Published September 1st 1986 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published 1982)
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Apr 15, 2011 Brian rated it did not like it
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
Feb 10, 2012 Melody rated it did not like it
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
Aug 01, 2010 Erin Reilly-Sanders rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, juvenile, sci-fi
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
Sep 06, 2011 Bethany Lockhart rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 18, 2009 Pandora rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi-2nd-floor
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
Oct 23, 2013 Leanna Henderson rated it liked it
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
May 16, 2010 Kivrin rated it it was amazing
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…
J. Luis Licea
Jul 10, 2015 J. Luis Licea rated it did not like it
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!"
Brian James
Feb 07, 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
Jan 10, 2017 Becca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had such vivid memories of reading this as a child, and I couldn't remember what it was called or who it was by. Luckily, /r/whatsthatbook came to my rescue, and I order myself a copy the same day. It's a lot shorter than I remember it, but I must have read it when I was only 7 or 8 (maybe younger?). Anyway, this is the book that started my fascination with scifi. It's a lovely little book. Definitely aimed at children - don't pick it up expecting some deep and complex scifi. But full of incre ...more
Feb 24, 2015 Lauren rated it really liked it
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 28, 2014 Sidney rated it it was amazing
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!!!
Kris Marley Patrick
Oct 29, 2013 Kris Marley Patrick rated it liked it
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.
Earth's colonists on an alien planet. Enjoyable read.
Dec 30, 2014 Krystle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.
Mar 12, 2017 Kate rated it liked it
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Shelley Daugherty
Oct 25, 2016 Shelley Daugherty rated it liked it
A nice sci-fi book about moving to another planet. For younger readers.
Laurelyn Anne
I read this in the sixth grade form Mrs. Roden's class, its definitely due a re-read. All I remember is that a not insignificant portion of the class was blatantly offended at the thought of America no longer being super-power numero-uno. Ahhh petty, unadulterated nationalism.
Clarabelle Leigh Davis
Feb 22, 2017 Clarabelle Leigh Davis rated it really liked it
I read this when I was really young and it was great. It's not meant to be an adults books so a lot of the inconsistencies people keep pointing out are irrelevant -they won't matter to a child. I think this was one of the pivotal books that made me love scifi at a young age. The idea of a new very foreign and alien world. And I always remembered the scene where the girl looks at a photograph and gasps that its in color, unlike the greyness of current earth. A lovely take on the opposite reaction ...more
Ms. Choi
Feb 28, 2015 Ms. Choi rated it liked it
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
Oct 21, 2011 JS rated it really liked it
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 03, 2015 Jim rated it liked it
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
Mackenzie Peter
Mar 01, 2015 Mackenzie Peter rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-5-lit
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
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.
Feb 19, 2016 Ron rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 09, 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
Feb 23, 2014 Josie rated it did not like it
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,
Jolyse Barnett
May 22, 2016 Jolyse Barnett rated it liked it
I read this book aloud to my students, having chosen it as a quick, easy science fiction to spur scientific debate during our study of astronomy.
The story has a good opening hook and we enjoyed the opening chapters. We had many questions throughout the middle chapters, and it wasn't as exciting as we would've liked, but we decided as a class that we enjoyed the twist at the end. For me, it wasn't a stellar example of a science fiction book (so many scientific inaccuracies/gaps), but I liked the
Nov 07, 2014 Finley rated it liked it
Shelves: classic-sci-fi
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
Feb 02, 2014 Alix Mckee rated it really liked it
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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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