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A New Green Day

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  365 ratings  ·  100 reviews
Explore nature through evocative riddles and bold imagery that take the reader from day to night and back again in this perfect read aloud.

Who scribbles on the sidewalk with glistening ink? Snail!

Who's a comma in a long, long sentence of a stream? Tadpole!

Active readers will delight in the clever language and striking illustrations by esteemed author/illustrator Antoinette
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 14th 2020 by Neal Porter Books
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Ms. B
Jan 18, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021, picture
3.5 stars, I love the perfect square size of this new picture book by the talented Antoinette Portis! In her latest book, young children (and students) will enjoy guessing the answers to her picture riddles before their caregivers do. ...more
A poetic guess game about nature on a summer's day from morning to nightfall. The art work using brush sumi ink, leaf prints, vine charcoal and hand-stamped lettering are a perfect match for the lyrical text. The riddles are beautiful as well as clever. A wonderful book that celebrates nature's beauty but also a useful book to add to elementary science units and writing units on riddles. ...more
Sandy Brehl
The test itself is as artfully written as the illustrations, and the clever format provides a delightful experience with personification of the many elements encountered on a summer "green" day. These range from patches of sunlight to tadpoles to lightning and thunder, and so many more.
Each page turn invites a deep consideration of the riddle-like text, considering any clues from the words and images.
Delightful, and even though not listed as poetry, it could find a welcome place on those shelve
Abby Johnson
This clever nature book presents haiku riddles about things found in nature. Turn the page to see the answer to each one. Although probably tough for littles to figure out on their own, this would make a wonderful book to share and older kids will delight in trying to guess the answers themselves. This would be a wonderful classroom choice for combining poetry and nature together.
Juli Anna
Nov 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A quiet riddle-meditation.
Holly Mueller
This would be such a fun mentor text for kids to write their own nature riddles!
Kris Patrick
Jan 17, 2021 rated it liked it
Are we actually supposed to be able to answer these riddles before turning the page ? 🤔
Karen Arendt
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! This would be fun to read to students and have them guess what each page represents.
A poetic picture book better for one-on-one or small group reading than for a large group storytime. Portis' language is full of rich and interesting vocabulary as each new page presents a short, riddle-like poem for the listener to contemplate, with the following page showing the riddle's answer and an accompanying picture. A celebration of nature and being outside.

Themes: Riddles, Nature, Summer
Lauren Prakke
Apr 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: elm335
This book brings the reader into the exploration of nature by describing the different aspects of nature. A snail is described as something who “scribbles on the sidewalk with glistening ink” and the reader may guess and turn the page to find out the answer. Another example is, “ I’m a mountain that moves. Look, I come to you” which describes a cloud. Reading each line allows students to learn about nature and things that are outside and how they can be described. The poem continues to describe ...more
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Welcome to your new day. The sun invites you to play when you wake up, creating a square on your pillow. Creatures are up and moving, snails scribbling across the sidewalk, inchworms measuring out their paths, and tadpoles punctuating the streams. There are things to find: leaves with paths imprinted on them, pebbles smoothed by the water. Then a storm arrives with lightning and thunder, rain pounding down. Mud is created to wriggle your toes in. Long shadows capture the approaching evening unti ...more
Joan Marie
Different Approach + Interesting Format + Superb Writing + Wonderful Illustrations = The Signature Style of a Neal Porter Book. And author/illustrator, Antoinette Portis doesn't disappoint!

Ordinary bits of nature become characters when they deliver clever riddle-like descriptions, intriguing young audiences to turn the page to discover who or what is speaking. (Sunlight, Snail, Leaf...) The first page starts on the right side of a spread, holding sparse riddle-like text on a color block. When t
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
I know this book made some 'best of' 2020 lists. Surely, the illustrations are luminescent and lovely. But here's the deal.... This picture book is billed as posing a series of riddles throughout the course of a day, looking at the natural world through the eyes of a girl. These riddles tend to be in the form of word plays. For example, "I race up the hill while lying at your feet. Wave at me and I'll wave at you,"...... (this is an easier one). Now, you turn the page, and the text says (SURPRIS ...more
A book of poetic riddles from author Antoinette Portis that encourages young readers to explore the natural world has been published. Young children will be able to answer riddles about common animals, plants, and weather that one child experiences outdoors over the course of a day on each spread. The witty vocabulary and eye-catching illustrations would appeal to active readers.Some kids will enjoy learning about nature through poignant riddles and bold imagery that takes the reader from day to ...more
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebook
Individual inventive riddle poems come together to tell the story of a summer's day outside. The language is amazing: "I am a comma in the long, long sentence of the stream." I've loved Portis' "Not a Box" and "Not a Stick" for toddler storytimes. But even though this also doesn't have a lot of words and the pictures are deceptively simple, this would work more for classroom presentations instead: read the riddle poems, then have them discuss what it is. For home use, caregivers and children cou ...more
Mar 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
This book is not a toy
but even the fidgety will enjoy
I am no poet but wanted to try
to describe this book and not be shy

I recommend it for all
for big and small
PreK to 4th grade
You won't regret the dollars you paid

In this book the author to you will invite
to hear leaf, tadpole, rain, and night
even to hear inchworm and thunder
And a few other things under

With award winner A Green New Day
Students will see nature in a great new way
Its pages are full of color and fun
And you would feel like there's so
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Our rewards from Nature are proportionate to the attention we give it. The more we look, the more we see. Every detail is a delightful discovery.

In her newest release, A New Green Day (Neal Porter Books, Holiday House, April 14, 2020), Antoinette Portis asks us to think about alternate descriptions for that which is familiar. Through her words and illustrations, magic happens.

My full recommendation:
Laura Giessler
Each page poses a "Who am I?" riddle about the natural world that readers will have fun solving. Some are challenging; some will come more easily. The text can also serve as a model for writers to create their own riddles. I like the repetition of the colored square containing the "riddle"; I'm a little confused about the use of color, as the color of the square doesn't immediately strike me as a hint...And "new green day" made me expect green to be more prominent. Still, a gentle lovely fun rea ...more
Alissa Tsaparikos
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is an imaginative book where each page is a riddle about something in nature, with readers turning the page to reveal who the riddle is about. Though the layout is simple, the sophisticated set up of the riddle makes this book better suited for older preschool and early elementary. It would be a fun addition to storytime that would garner conversation from the kids, but they may not make many right answers with this one. Still, fun and thought provoking, this would be a good addition to any ...more
Explore nature through evocative riddles and bold imagery that take the reader from day to night and back again in this perfect read aloud.

Who scribbles on the sidewalk with glistening ink? Snail!

Who's a comma in a long, long sentence of a stream? Tadpole!

Active readers will delight in the clever language and striking illustrations by esteemed author/illustrator Antoinette Portis. On each spread, children will solve riddles about the familiar animals, plants and the weather that one child encoun
Molly Cluff (Library!)
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow, such awesome naturey books came out this year, I'm finally getting to them and just loving them! With each page, this book poses a riddle of sorts (a poetic description) describing the thing on the next page (mud, leaf, sun, lightning, etc), so it gives you the chance to guess what it is (although I think the "riddles" are best suited for older children, as they were even tricky for me as an adult to figure out). Loved the literary description, though! ...more
Oct 02, 2020 rated it liked it
I am a fan of Antoinette Portis’s work, but this title not so much. I do understand that she is encouraging children to see what is n the natural world which I think is very admirable as many children are device bound. And this is one of those here are the clues on the right hand page that reveals the illustrated object on the flip page. I was not fond of the color palette and the text didn’t give the best object clues.
Nov 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Fun book with short, haiku-like riddles posed in a swatch of color; turn the page to find the illustrated answer:

Grey-brown square "I'm a candy sucked smooth/in the river's mouth./Let me sweeten your pocket,"

and then turn the page to see a picture of a speckled rock in a hand over a sandy stream. "says pebble." It would be fun to read with a little kid or a bunch of slightly older (up to KG?) kids.
Jared White
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s-books
I am a fan of most of Portis's books but not a big one of this one. The text was a bit too abstract for me, I'm not sure what audience this is intended for. I suppose upper elementary may like trying to guess what each snippet of text is describing, I'm not sure lower elementary or younger would "get" many of them...but I may be wrong. ...more
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
The poetic language and frequently baffling 'riddles' read well beyond the target age of this picture book. (I.e.., "I'm a map of my own green home. Follow my roads and climb," [ page turn ] says leaf.)
The illustrations are flat -- no texture or depth to them, despite the use of multiple medium before digital coloring. Will require lap reading with a great deal of guidance.
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lots of sensory content here. It is a very different approach to guessing for kids in a book and I like that. And... Antoinette Portis! This would be fun to use with a class, and then extend with a lesson and project where kids write their own riddles. It might also tie in nicely with some poetry month activities.
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have really enjoyed Antoinette Portis' previous work. This title is great for interacting with kids of older ages (grades 1-4) who can really guess what the answer is before turning the page. Younger children can enjoy the answer all on its own with the delightful illustration to consider and make up one's own stories. ...more
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From the title, to illustrations to the ending the whole book is a celebration of the natural world. Each page includes a riddle whereby the reader automatically gets thinking of what it could be and it leads onto the next page to find out the answer. A great laid out book to keep the reader engaged, a great book to read to young children, encouraging great conversation.
Ann Haefele
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Riddles are asked about commonplace things found in nature, but the riddles transform everyday objects such as tadpoles, night sky, thunder and leaves to the extraordinary. Children loving riddles will enjoy this book that has lots to offer. Metaphors, descriptive writing, and science can all be learned from this unique book.
Natalie Cagno
Mar 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
A New Green Day by Antoinette Portis is a great simple story about a girl going through her day in nature. Giving each element of nature a personality and a voice makes the book very interesting. I found the illustrations to be very pretty, and the book to be very soothing. I recommend this book to any teacher to read in their classroom to show their students the beauty of nature.
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Antoinette attended the UCLA School of Fine Arts and is a former creative director at Disney. She lives in Southern California.

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