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The Green Book

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  658 ratings  ·  114 reviews
"We are at Shine, on the first day, " says Pattie, when, as the youngest member of the group, she is given the honor of naming the new settlement. Refugees from the dying planet Earth, they, along with other ships, have been sent into space in the hope that some of them will survive to continue the human race. But the success of Shine remains doubtful as crops fail and pro ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published September 1st 1986 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
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
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
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
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
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 ⚓
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,
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
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.
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 Alvarez
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
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 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.
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.
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!!!
Matt Bohnhoff
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.
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
Rachel Cavender
This book tells about refugees from the dying planet Earth, along with other ships, that have been sent into space in the hope that some of them will survive to continue the human race. This is a very interesting book as this topic has been coming up more and more. This would be a good book for 5-8 graders.
Children's Literature Project
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
Marissa Pezzullo
This story is very out there for me. Children who enjoy reading stuff about space and new colonies would enjoy readingthis book. I would have this in an upper elementary classroom, as it wouldn't be at the kindergarten level.
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
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
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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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