Product Details
List Price:
$15.95
Ages:
4 to 7
Grades:
2
Pages:
32
Trim Size:
8.5" x 11"
Published:
04/2014
Imprint:
Boyds Mills Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-62091-629-2
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations
Lexile Level:
560L

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About the Book

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.

Reviews

" . . . 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." --Publishers Weekly

"In this creatively illustrated picture book, the color green comes to life in a varied and substantial way through brilliant text and mixed-media artwork . . . As this well-written book ends, the great big green thing is revealed with pomp and circumstance that will delight and encourage a second reading." --School Library Journal

* "An abundantly illustrated puzzle poem provides a spectacular celebration of green in the world. The author of the Moxy Maxwell chapter-book trilogy offers something completely different in this lush tribute. . . Desimini's imaginative illustrations complement and extend the graphically flexible text. . . Two fertile imaginations grow a grand salute." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Awards
Meet the Illustrator

Lisa Desimini

Lisa Desimini is an award-winning illustrator of over thirty books for children and the author-illustrator of eight books, including My House, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, and Dot the Fire Dog. Lisa and her husband live in Topanga, California. Visit lisadesimini.com.

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