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The Little Green Girl

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  35 reviews
A heartwarming and wildly imaginative tale about broadening your horizons, with a wonderfully unique father-daughter pair at the root of the story.

The Little Green Girl is no ordinary topiary. She dreams of visiting far off places and exploring the world beyond her garden's walls. But for her gardener, Mr. Aster, the prospect of deviating from his daily routine--let alone
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Dial Books (first published 2019)
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Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Children Who Dream of Seeing the World / Readers Who Enjoy Fairy-Tales
When she blows into Mr. Aster's garden in the form of a tiny seed, the eponymous Little Green Girl is given a home, and carefully cultivated in the retiring gardener's greenhouse. When she is ready, the topiary girl is transferred to the garden, where she at first is happy. But when she learns of the wider world from the birds, she conceives of a wish to see the wonders of that world, trying everything she can to convince the reluctant Mr. Aster to leave with her. Eventually she has to uproot he ...more
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Little Green Girl is the very sweet and imaginative story of a lovingly cared for topiary who wants to see the world outside of her garden. This would pair well with The Night Gardener, Grandpa Green or The Little Gardener.
Deborah Embury
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful, 5-stars all around children's book about growing up, learning about the world, and knowing where your home is. The artwork is lovely and fits the story so well! It has a very enchanting vibe with lots of little details that make the book even more enjoyable to read. I highly recommend this one!
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, gardening
I want to live in this book. Beautiful and funny.
Solange Guillen
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Well then, little one, said Mr. Aster.
It seems that you need more than soil and water to grow. Perhaps you also need that wide world out there.”

Wow!! What a beautiful book! A simple message of getting out of your comfort zone and explore the endless possibilities out there. ❤ 🌎 🧳
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Mr. Aster likes his normal routine. He cares for his garden, keeping it neat and clean. Then a new seed blows in on the wind. He plants the seed in his greenhouse and takes good care of the plant that emerges. Eventually, he moves the plant out into the garden. The plant looks like a little girl, and at first she is content to be at the center of the garden, always watching Mr. Aster as he works. But then the birds arrive and tell her stories of the wide world. Little Green Girl tries to move he ...more
I love this little book about gardening. A seed blows into a man’s garden and he plants the seed. A little green girl grows and she is very inquisitive. She listen to many stories and she needs to travel. The man pots her and they go see the world together. She is happy to come home.

It’s an interesting story for beginners. It also has a lovely huge garden in it and it celebrates the wonder of tending a garden. I love those things. I don’t really care for all the weeding of a garden, but I love
Teresa Edmunds
Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
If you are looking for a simple, imaginative story, you might like this book. Mr. Aster is a gardener through and through. His garden is home and the only place he wants to be. Then one day, a seed blows into his garden. Mr. Aster carefully tends it and the seed unexpectedly grows into a green girl! Little Green Girl likes the garden, until one day, she hears tales from the birds about the wide world outside their garden. After her many attempts to leave the garden, Mr. Aster finally gets the co ...more
Molly Cluff (Library!)
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I really liked this one. It's a bit too advanced for a storytime setting, but those lush green illustrations were lovely, and I really liked the cute story. A girl (who is also a plant??) longs to see the world, and all the the things the birds have sung to her about. Her dad, the gardener, tells her again and again that home is where they are supposed to stay. But when he sees how much it means to her, he replants her in a pot, and they go on a long vacation to all the places she'd dreame ...more
Marcie Flinchum
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When Little Green Girl is born in Mr. Aster’s garden, she takes in all the garden has to offer. But then the birds tell her of far off lands, and she wants to see what else is out there. Mr. Aster doesn’t want to leave his cozy home and garden, and Little Green Girl can’t stay. This is the story of a beautiful friendship and being open to new experiences. Coupled with gorgeous illustrations, this book will win over the homebodies and the adventurous.
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
A little green girl plant and her gardener, Mr. Aster, are used to a routine and tending the beautiful garden. Mr. Aster breaks his routine and takes her out of the garden. A fantasy story of a plant that looks like a girl but wants to experience the world the birds and animals tell her about. Mr. Aster takes her on an adventure and she shares it with the animals who visit the garden when she returns. New concept and idea in this story.
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every day, Mr. Aster and his fluffy white canine go tend to his garden. A seed comes in the wind, and grows into the Little Green Girl. When she learns of far off places, she wants to go see them; but Mr. Aster says life in their garden is all that they need. Through her perseverance, she finds a way for her and Mr. Aster to explore the wide world-- and meet lots of new plants!
James Serafino
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful and heart warming story of friendship and exploration. The beautiful art takes the reader on a trip through themselves and around the world before leaving them cozy and warm at home. A great read for all ages and an excellent gift for anyone who dreams of what is out there waiting for them.
Cathy Mealey
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A sweet topiary tot, The Little Green Girl, wants to see the world while cherishing her roots at home. This book is Anchin's debut as both author and illustrator, and her work glows with warmth, humor and expression. Recommended for all readers who love a touch of magic and fantasy in their picture books!
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In The Little Green Girl, author-illustrator Lisa Anchin demonstrates the beauty of travel and the joy of returning home with perfectly rendered illustrations in lush shades of green and understated, lyrical text. The joy and the curious longings of the title character are irresistible, making her endearing and relatable for the reader. Two (green) thumbs up for this adorable picture book!
Cassandra Federman
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A gorgeous book about a father figure being driven out of his comfort zone by an ambitious and determined "child." The only way to grow is to experience new things, and this book conveys that sentiment beautifully. It's a must have!
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read "The Little Green Girl" to my niece and nephew and they loved it! My niece exclaimed that she "wanted to live in the garden and take it with her everywhere". Lisa Anchin's story is richly illustrated and makes you want to dive right into the pages. A wonderful picture book!
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful story about companionship, breaking out of routines, and all the beauty the world has to offer. I love the way Anchin depicts the title character's personality through her body language! It's a perfect springtime book that has gotten me in the mood to dig in the dirt.
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is such a sweet little story about a curious and strong willed little girl and it provides a much-needed depiction of gentle and nurturing masculinity. My three year old son loves looking for the little details in the pictures and listening to the story.
Stephanie Lucianovic
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully illustrated story that takes one of parenting's greatest challenges: setting aside our fears for our children and recognizing when they are ready for a bigger world and fuses it with a growing child's desire and need to go "beyond the garden wall."
This is a new favorite picture book.
Sabina Hahn
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a beautiful book. Makes me want to open my world up and stay at home at the same time.

The art and the words and sweet and lyrical.
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a unique premise: a plant with wander lust! Love the concept. The story, plus the gorgeous art, will make you rethink your garden. You may have hundreds of friends in your backyard!
Katia Wish
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book has an adorable, strong, unusual character and an unexpected narrative. The main character and all the greens around her are painted beautifully and bring you into this unique world.
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Oh my goodness she sprouts from a seed. She is adorable and Mr. Astor is her marvelous care giver.
Sarah Middlestead
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
A somewhat strange story, but watch for this in the 2020 Caldecott Awards.
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a precious book. The illustrations are lovely and the story is so sweet. A wonderful addition to any little person's bookshelf.
Hannah Stark
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous, lively illustrations and a sweet story about letting those we love most be who they are and explore as they may.
Annina Luck
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Fun story about putting yourself out there, being willing to have an adventure, and embracing change.
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"Lisa Anchin has been drawing since she could hold a pencil and making up stories since she could speak. She received her BA from Smith College and took a long circuitous route to an MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She is often holed up in her studio stringing words together and compulsively doodling, but she also loves meeting other kidlit folks and volunteers as the Illustration Co ...more