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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  5,412 ratings  ·  751 reviews
Die cut pages bring surprise after surprise in this magical new book from the "Queen of the concept book"—an intricate and satisfying homage to green, the color of all creation.

How many kinds of green are there? There's the lush green of a forest on a late spring day, the fresh, juicy green of a just-cut lime, the incandescent green of a firefly, and the vivid aquamarine
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Roaring Brook Press (first published 2012)
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I don’t understand why, but this is already difficult to get at our library and this is a relatively new book.

It’s a wonderful beginning book on the shade of green with fun cut-outs on each page placed perfectly so that the colors do fun things. Stuff like this fascinate the nephew and he has to turn the page back and forth over and over to see how it all lines up. Each page is a different scene and a different shade of green

The niece thought this was cute and she gave it 3 stars while the neph
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes you just want to show a kid a beautiful picture book. Sometimes you also want that book to be recent. That’s the tricky part. Not that there aren’t pretty little picture books churned out of publishing houses every day. Of course there are. But when you want something that distinguishes itself and draws attention without sparkles or glitter the search can be a little fraught. We children’s librarians sit and wait for true beauty to fall into our laps. The last time I saw it happen was ...more
I have very much enjoyed (no more to the point, I have absolutely visually adored) Laura Vaccaro Seeger's expressively bold green-based illustrations (and thankfully, these images are also not JUST in green, but also make use of other complimentary colours, as while green is indeed my very favourite colour, I for one would not have liked Green nearly as much if the presented pictorial spreads had only been rendered in green and nothing but green).

And while I do have to admit that the accompanyi
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
Autographed Copy of Green

(Yes, those are my daughters with their fantastic aunt and an autographed copy of the book.)

My sister went to the ALA Convention in Chicago this year. The author of this book, Green was there, and was willing to autograph (and personalize) a copy.

So, this review is in part me saying: Hey Sis, I don't think I'll ever say to you "don't forget to be awesome" because you never forget. (And yes, that was a subtle tribute to another Green booky thingy... Get it, Green?) And part me saying: This book i
Lisa Vegan
This is a simple concept book but I love it. It probably helps that if I had to name a favorite color I’d have to say green.

I am perplexed about why two pages have just the words green with no adjectives because I could think of at least one for each of those. Even the zebra page works because of the (cute and amusing) adjective on its page.

The illustrations are gorgeous and they have interesting (not overdone) cutouts. Truly stunning!

While the pages are simple, they are not boring. Toward the
Linda Robinson
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The star choices disappeared. All I see is "clear." Which frees me to give this book 12 stars. The benefit of reading the not-so-great Caldecott winner was that it led me to Laura Vaccaro Seeger. I wish (on all of those 12 stars) that she has a book deal for all the colors a small child can name. Orange. Blue. Purple. Yellow. Red. The brush strokes are marvelous, wide, free: I can smell the paint and brush cleaner. I love die cuts, and I am giddy about Ms. Seeger's placements and shapes. Oh, the ...more
Mary Lee
If it's by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, I know I'm going to be surprised and amazed. This book takes surprise and amazement to a whole new level.

GREEN is an homage to the color green, to all of its shades and hues. Each spread is a painting that goes with the text, and each page has one or more cut-outs that include color from the next spread. The text seems to be a simple rhyming list, but as one who has worked really hard on the endings of my poems, I so admire the fact that her text is far from "sim
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
I was a little nervous about how our girls would react to this book. After all, it's a book about a color with short page descriptions, more than a narrative. I was prepared for them to call it babyish, but I asked them to just check out the awesome illustrations. Besides, green is our oldest daughter's favorite color (or one of them, anyway) so I thought she might like it.

How silly could I be? Our girls loved this book. Such a fitting tribute to the color green. The die cut pages were amazing
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
The limited words on each page allow the reader to get lost in the beauty of the illustrations of this gorgeous children's book. I was expecting the typical greens but was pleasantly surprised to see the clever takes on wacky green, slow green, and no green at all. I glided from page to page, appreciating the clever cutouts and visual appeal of this incredible children's book.

This text could be used at a variety of levels. In my reading, I felt it is really asking readers: "How many different wa
Mar 05, 2013 rated it liked it
I appreciate the concept and the kid in me loved the cut-outs on each page and how the green fit in from one page to another. But, overall I just wasn't wild about the style of illustrations and since that's pretty much the main aspect of the book, it's just a three star for me, unfortunately.
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Much in the same vein of super-innovative illustration as Susan Marie Swanson's 2009 Caldecott Medal-winning The House in the Night, Green is an astonishing show of color and visual perspective, luminescing off the page as if the artwork were not constrained by ordinary limitations of paper and ink. Artist extraordinaire Laura Vaccaro Seeger wastes not an inch of the space allotted her for the performance of this book, a fact that becomes abundantly clear with every successive turn of the page a ...more
Bruce Gargoyle
I received a copy of this title from Pan MacMillan Australia for review.

Ten Second Synopsis:
A clever foray into the colour green, its shades and symbolism.

“How engaging can a book about a single colour actually be?” I suspect you might be asking yourself. Green is not your average, colour-based picture book. For starters, it makes use of some very clever die-cut holes that lead the reader on to the next page. While die-cuts are always fun in and of themselves, the die-cuts in this particular boo
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another stunning, imaginative offering from Laura Vacarro Seeger, this title highlights all the incredible shades of my favorite color, green. Thus, her die-cut illustrations feature the green of a juicy, just-cut lime, the darkish tones of pea green in a bowl of newly-shelled peas, and the slow-moving green of a caterpillar creeping across a flower petal, among others. Each double-page spread has a cut-out that belongs to the next page, and as readers reach the end of the book, they encounter o ...more
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Destined to be a classic. Possibly on the level of, like, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. It might be too slight for that... but I read it twice, got up to share it with my niece, we read it twice, then went to find her mom.
Jun 10, 2015 rated it liked it
1) “Imagine a world without color, my friends... just a blank white slate. My hair wouldn’t be brown, but rather plain white. Katie’s dress wouldn’t be pink with purple polka dots, but just plain white, and Cameron’s highlighter yellow socks would just be the regular white kind. Can you imagine a world like this? I can't! I simply love to see the vibrant colors of summer sunsets. Color is one way to add great detail to our writing, and in Green, a book written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, she descri ...more
Mar 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
What I Appreciated:
> clever use of cut-outs -- I love that leaves become fish and a butterfly becomes a flower and fireflies become apples
> introduction to different shades of green (obviously)
> "glow green" page -- This was far and away my favorite spread. The fireflies were nice, but I LOVE the barn light. It's a small thing, but it really resonated with me. There's just a simple beauty to it.

What I Felt Was...Odd, Let's Say:
> "forever green" on a page with trees that will lose their leav
April Voss
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The book, Green is the ultimate concept book with beautiful illustrations. The color green is portrayed in so many different ways that are really eye opening to children. This book's ornate details make it one of a kind. This book is a fun way for children to learn about their colors and could also be used for an art lesson.
Acrylics are the source of artistic media used to create the illustrations throughout this book. Color is a stand out feature in this book since the illustrations make up t
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
LOVE THIS BOOK!!!! Seeger’s text and illustrations require students to slow down and look closely and think. Each two-page spread in green, a 2012 Caldecott Honor Book, is dedicated to one particular shade of green. I finished this book and then read it again immediately, slowing myself down, savoring each page and thinking through the difference between the shades of green that Seeger features. Most of the shades are revealed through a nonfiction topic – forest green, sea green, lime green, pea ...more
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Summary:This concept book was about the color green. It showed that green can come in many different shades. Some things are always green and some things are never green. It had some slight humor and various die cut shapes were on every page.
Reaction:I thought this was a wonderful color concept book. Even though it only focused on one color -it was great. I love the die cuts in the pages that connect you to the colors on the next page. The end of the book was my favorite section because I though
Felicity Keel
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This picture book is really good for teaching colors, and the illustrations are very detailed. I enjoyed going through the book. The book had cutouts that were well planned and it was an interactive book. I liked the style the illustrations are in. When I picked the book, based only on the title, I was expecting more, as I read the Grand Canyon right before and had high expectations. I was slightly disappointed by that, but it is a good picture book for younger children nonetheless.
The cutouts
Sarah Sammis
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger was a 2013 Caldecott Honor book. Where One Boy teaches children some basics of counting as well as words within words, this one highlights many shades of green as well as the things in life that are (or in some cases, not) green.

Like One Boy, Green has die cut shapes that help unite the pages by allowing bits of color through. Here, the shapes are much smaller and more subtle — sometimes making just a few petals on a flower or among the camouflage of colors, some re
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such a beautiful and entertaining celebration of everything that is green:

Check out this video to experience the surprise of the die-cuts as you turn the pages of this unique picturebook!

Also, I LOVE the texture of Laura Vaccaro Seeger's paintings:

Jim Erekson
The die cuts are excellent uses of frame as a visual technique, which became most clear when words appeared inside some. I wished the text had been less directly representational of what was in the pictures. This did not feel like a preschool book (although I imagine it will likely come back as a board book), so some more complex relationships between words and pictures would make the experience richer for older picture book readers.
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful book! There's something magical about the way she uses the die-cuts. And I love the organic, earthy oil-on-canvas pictures. Only a few words, but a lot of emotion. We love ALL the books by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, she's amazingly talented! ...more
Laura (Book Scrounger)
A fun book with lovely illustrations: ...more
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it
All about green
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So enjoyed thinking about the color green in this new way. Especially fun were the secret reveals which emphasized hidden gems within the exquisitely painted scenes. Loved it!!
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great book for those beginning to read and learn about the variations of green.
Abigale Marta
Just from the title of this book, I can already assume what types of imagery might be depicted on each page. I can imagine plants and animals in nature; I can imagine a serene theme and tone set for the book. Then, when I flip the pages, I am surprised with a more varied selection of greens than I was imaging! Laura took my image of one green scene in my mind to a whole world of greens.

She effectively created a book about one color by using a plethora of shades. Each page is labeled “____ green
Rachel Crutchfield
Feb 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Picture book – Caldecott
Caldecott winner
Preschool – 1
This book is really all about the color green and where you may see it in our everyday lives!
This book fits in the Caldecott award section, and it is very obvious when you open the book. There are not many words within the book, so the illustrations unquestionably have to narrate the entire story. The book is all about contrasting colors of green, and the pictures and vivid colors that go with it are beautiful.
Like I said in the last point,
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Laura Vaccaro Seeger is a New York Times best-selling author and illustrator and the recipient of a 2008 Caldecott Honor, Theodor Seuss Geisel Honors for both 2009 and 2008, a 2007 New York Times Best Illustrated Book Award, and the 2007 Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Best Picture Book. Her books include First the Egg, The Hidden Alphabet, and Dog and Bear, among others.

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