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Arthur Turns Green (Arthur Adventure Series)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  227 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
Celebrated author/illustrator Marc Brown revisits his beloved bestselling character in the first new Arthur picture book in almost ten years!

Arthur comes home from school and begins sneaking around the house, taking notes and talking about a Big Green Machine. D.W. is suspicious of her brother's weird behavior, but when Arthur shows up late for dinner with green hands, sh
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published April 1st 2011)
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Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
Brown, Marc. Arthur Turns Green. Little Brown. 2011.
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Arthur Turns Green is yet another volume in the Arthur series. Ongoing since the 1980's, this series follows Arthur, the third grader that everyone already knows. In this volume Arthur's class is working on a project to be more green. They call it the Big Green Machine. Arthur goes around the house trying to help his family be more energy efficient and engage in routines tha
jenee tuggle
due dec 13 2016

) Text-to Teaching Connection: What is a response activity that you can do in a classroom with children in response to the book? (e.g. drama, music, art, or writing

after reading the book the teacher will ask the students what are some things we can do to save the planet. the teacher and the students will talk about things Arthur did to save his planet. students will make a chart of things they can do to turn their school green. students will make a bubble map on ways to save the
Courtney Hartwell
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Summary: Arthur’s class is working on a project called “Big Green Machine” where they have to find an activity to make our world a better place. Arthur went around his house doing various things – he unplugged chargers, changed lightbulbs, and showered really fast. He works in the garden and even starts to turn green! His sister, D.W. has a dream about a big green machine that chases her and turns everyone green. She is scared to go to family night at school because of this but eventually finds ...more
Another good book about what you can do at your house to make a difference. (Now if we could just get larger companies/industries to do the same!)
But seriously, my cynicism aside. This is cute, and reminds me of things I need to continue to do (like change the light bulbs). Plus! It's Arthur.
Kenson Dickey
Dec 12, 2017 rated it liked it
the thing i'm a little disappointed in is that it never exactly said why arthur's hands were green. my mom said it was paint, but i don't know-- age 5
Cara Byrne
Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Learning more about being environmentally friendly takes a twist when DW fears a green monster has taken over her family. Cute, but not our favorite Arthur story.
Katie Fitzgerald
May 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
It's been a long time - almost ten years! - since the last Arthur book by Marc Brown, but nothing's changed in Elwood City, or in the Read family. DW's still the pesky little sister, Arthur's still in third grade, and even the illustrations have returned (blissfully) to their original, pre-TV show style.

As the title suggests, the storyline has to do with the green movement. Arthur's class is involved in a project called The Big Green Machine, where they will brainstorm ways to help the Earth an
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Arthur's class is working on class project called the "Big Green Machine." Each student comes up with an idea on how they can make the earth greener and then they will present it at their school's family night. D.W. starts to get concerned for Arthur when he comes home from school with green fingers, and she notices him doing weird things around the house, like recycling, turning off the lights, adding plants to the rooms, unplugging items not in use etc. She things a big green machine is going ...more
Whole And
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
"Arthur Turns Green" by Marc Brown is a great introduction or encouragement for children to think about our planet and ways to contribute to it's preservation and restoration.

Arthur is working on a school project called the 'Green Machine' assigned by the teacher to all students. Arthur is being quite secretive about the details of his project and D.W. is worried about what this Green Machine is doing to her brother as she watches his hands and arms turn green!

Although the green concepts describ
Feb 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 1-picture-books
Arthur's class project is about looking for ways to make our planet a better place to live in. Everyone shares a plan for their contribution except Arthur. His plan will be a surprise.

Arthur's little sister D.W. is worried. Arthur's acting weirder than usual and he keeps talking about the mysterious Green Machine. Now his hands are turning a creepy green color. When it's time for Family Night at school to display the projects, D.W. pretends to be sick. She doesn't want anything to do with the Gr
Dec 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Holly Nelson
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Arthur Turns Green is a great book to introduce your early childhood students to how to economically cautious. Arthur comes home from school and takes notes about the Big Green Machine. D.W is curious about her brother's weird behavior, but when Arthur shows up late for dinner with green hands, she really wonders what he has been up too! Arthur is actually making a poster listing all the ways to save energy at home. I would definitely use this book in my future classroom so children can understa ...more
Jun 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011
I'm seriously really getting tired of the hyper-eco-activism in books lately. Yes, the environment is important. Yes, living green is a way of life that doesn't need to be limited to nonfiction texts. Andy Runyon has a great part in Owly and Wormy -- Friends Aflutter where Owly gets an idea and it shows up as an energy-efficient bulb. That's cute!

Dec 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to Samantha by: Alexandria King
Arthur has to be one of the best characters of my childhood. Even now, I can't get enough of the adventures he has with his friends & family. Arthur is doing a GO GREEN project at school, but when Arthur's hands start turning green, D.W. begins to have some suspicions about what is going on with Arthur's school project. =)
Holly Chapman
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a great book to use around Earth Day and promote "going green". Arthur and his classmates are asked to do a project about going green. Arthur's project deals with how to conserve energy in his home. This is a great opportunity to teach kids about being environmentally friendly. I would use this book in any elementary classroom.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Nov 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Arthur wants to save the planet, so he is working on a project for this purpose. Is his project actually turning him green?

Another good Arthur story.

“The next morning at preschool, D. W. worried about Arthur.

‘There’s a big machine that’s turning my brother green,’ D. W. told her friends.”

May 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Cute story, but a little more stilted than the earlier Arthur books... the dynamics between Arthur and DW and the rest of the gang aren't as engaging. Still, this very popular aardvark manages to work in an important message without coming across as overly didactic.
May 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Both my boys like reading about Arthur and his adventures. I think this book was geared more toward my 8-year-old but my 4-year-old still liked it. It was a great book to talk about different things we can each do to help our earth.
Jul 08, 2011 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2011-new
May 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: katelyn-2015
Katelyn says, "People can't really turn green! I think DW is really annoying."
Stacey Seaman
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bedtime-stories
I absolutely love the Arthur books. The artwork is gorgeous.
May 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Cute idea.
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great book for kids about small things they (we all) can do to save energy and be "green."
Laneika Cason
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
PB11. Nice book to teach children about going green with characters that many can relate to. Great book to share with a class and take a "green" challenge.
Patty Barr
Apr 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Good Earth day story
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arthur
Arthur is working on a class project for the environment!
Dec 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Alexandria by: Myself
Shelves: picture-books
So far, My favorite is Arthur's Reading race. Although, this one is good, too.
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childhood
Great children's book
Mar 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: k-2-read-aloud
A good introduction to what one can do around the house to save energy. Story is well told, and generally in language K-2 should understand, and maybe even take some 'green' action at home.
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Marc Tolon Brown is perhaps best known for his Arthur series of children's books.

He lives on Martha's Vineyard and in New York City with his wife, Laurie Krasny Brown. He has three children, sons Tolon and Tucker, and daughter Eliza. The names of his two sons have been hidden in all of the Arthur books except for one: Arthur's Tooth.
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