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The Great Big Green
by Peggy Gifford and Lisa Desimini

Overview - Just what exactly is the "thing"? It is green--great and gorgeous green, dark and dangerous green, real mean green. And it's got green things--broccoli and praying mantises, watermelons and waves of mountains. It's green, green, green all over .  Read more...

 
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Overview
Just what exactly is the "thing"? It is green--great and gorgeous green, dark and dangerous green, real mean green. And it's got green things--broccoli and praying mantises, watermelons and waves of mountains. It's green, green, green all over . . . except where it's blue. The Great Big Green is, of course, our earth. Both a riddle and an ode to the earth, this ingenious picture book arrives just in time for Earth Day. Perfect for budding environmentalists and lovers of poetry alike, this irresistible read-aloud by Peggy Gifford is illustrated with an astonishing mix of collage and painting by Lisa Desimini. Readers will revisit the gorgeous world over and over after the riddle's reveal to find the many green things hidden in each piece of art.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781620916292
  • ISBN-10: 1620916290
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publish Date: April 2014
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-7


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Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Science & Nature - Environmental Conservation & Protection
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Poetry - General
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Science & Nature - Earth Sciences - General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-02-03
  • Reviewer: Staff

“It’s chock-full of green things/ that are good for you:/ your eat-your-broccoli greens/ your bunch-of-green-grapes green/ your watermelons-sparkling-in-the-sun greens.” What is this mysterious object that contains so much green? Readers won’t find out until the final spread of this energizing tribute to the planet, as Gifford’s verse sings the praises of greens eels, anacondas, a “tornado-sky,” and “tennis balls that glow way beyond ever green.” Some readers may be slightly lost at first, since Gifford doesn’t ask them to guess what she’s describing until the book is almost over. Desimini’s mixed-media collages incorporate scanned images of fabrics, photographs, and other objects to create whimsically surreal images that highlight the variety of greenery found on Earth. Ages 4–7. (Apr.)

 
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