I can’t believe I was uninformed about the Green Book, even when I heard about the movie I didn’t understand the significance of its title even thoughI can’t believe I was uninformed about the Green Book, even when I heard about the movie I didn’t understand the significance of its title even though I have had interest in seeing the movie. It wasn’t until learning of this children’s picture book that I learned about The Green Book.
The story moved me emotionally, the parts of what Ruth and her family had to go through to the fate of Brown Bear the teddy bear. Heartbreaking. Infuriating. Heartwarming.
I want to learn more about this history. I’m hoping that plenty of white owned/run businesses with while employees also were listed in the Green Book. In this book it was mostly African-American/black run businesses that seemed to welcome African-American/black travelers.
Lush, gorgeous, large illustrations. I loved the expressiveness of people’s expressions. I loved the art style. I loved everything about them. They’re beautiful and they’re crucial part of the storytelling.
The last page of the book is informational. It’s text heavy but includes a photo of the cover of a real Green Book and a photo of a two-page spread of its contents.
Highly recommended for girls and boys ages 7-11, and all interested older people too....more
This story with paintings & photos is based on the author’s & illustrator’s ancestors and the real 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire.
ChaThis story with paintings & photos is based on the author’s & illustrator’s ancestors and the real 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire.
The pictures are gorgeous and incredibly creative, some mixing both vintage photographs and paintings. They’re brilliantly done. I love this artist, their style and the colors they use. In this book when sometimes combined with photos I was impressed and I thoroughly enjoyed them. I knew I’d enjoy this book’s art but it surpassed my expectations. I adored it. I was truly wowed.
I was slightly worried I wouldn’t like the story but I did. At times I didn’t like the repetition technique that is only part of the storytelling but then again I’m well into adulthood and this is a picture book and children are the primary intended audience. There is a great dog character and another dog, cats, and even bird characters, the fictional part of the story. But there is a lot of non-fiction included and the book is a loving tribute to the city and its people circa 1906. I always love books that I can put on my San Francisco shelf, and even though I’ve read a fair amount about the famous 1906 quake, I learned a lot by reading this book.
There is a short but interesting and informative author’s note at the end of the book.
I was given this book by the illustrator, a friend of mine, and was not told that I was obligated to review it, but I am happy to do so. It’s always scary to read friends’ books but so far with this team I’ve gotten a lot of pleasure from reading their books. I think they’re great and this one is particularly ingenious. Highly imaginative!
Story, at different times, between a three and four and a three fourths stars. Pictures five full stars; I’d give ten stars for them if I could. I couldn’t give the book less than 5 stars. I’ll downgrade to four and a half stars because the story wasn’t perfect for me, though parts of it were close to five stars worthy....more