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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

green, written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. Roaring Brook Press, 2012. $18.99 ages 2 and up

"forest green

sea green

lime green"

 Different? You bet they are!!

Laura Vaccaro Seeger is a hands-down favorite for creating remarkable concept books for the young child and those who share them. They are so effective in helping the child visualize just what she wants them to learn. The die-cuts that she uses to entice them from one page to the next are often unexpected and always genius in design.

In this book she pays homage to the color green and she does it in the most amazing ways! There are four quatrains using two-word phrases to describe the varying shades. Once she has plied us with some of the most lovely hues, she moves toward a touch of zaniness in her description of an unusually striped zebra. Kids will laugh seeing a bunch of 'wacky green' on the back of this grass muncher.

If that isn't enough she moves on to more surprising descriptions that include 'slow' and 'glow', even 'faded' and 'shaded'. You can use your own imagination to think about what she might have created to give them life. The paint is thick, the papers textured, the cutouts in exactly the right place, although not always easy to find, and the perspectives forever shifting. The artwork places you right in the midst of the settings for each of the described colors. The connection from one page to the next brings surprise and delight to anyone sharing this absolutely gorgeous book!

Be sure to look closely at the stop sign, and its!

It has a place on my 'keeper' shelf, without any doubt at all.

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