Thursday, March 19, 2020

Green on Green by Dianne White, illustrated by Felicita Sala

Green on Green by Dianne White, 
illustrated by Felicita Sala
Beach Lane Books, 2020, 48 pages
A curious young child living in a house in the country with his family - dad and pregnant mom - explores the four seasons through the prism of color. It begins in the spring and each season is celebrated with a wordless two page illustration followed by four two-page spreads. The text is written in a gentle, lyrical rhyme, with three line on each spread. The illustrations are done with watercolor, gouache, and color pencils in a folk art style that just compliments the text so well. Sala has included so many delightful objects in each page that my young readers spent some happy time exploring them all.

As the days grow longer and warmer, spring's color is yellow - flowers, bees, lemonade, sunflakes plus green:

When the days grow hotter, summer's color is blue - coral, shell, the ocean, with some yellow - sand, sun, meadow - plus green

Autumn brings cooler temps and as trees and grass change, the main  color is brown - squirrels, mice, trees, cinnamon spic, with some yellow - corn, leaves - plus green

Cold Winter, with its snow and green pine trees is white - snow, breath - with some gray and taupe - plus green

I was lucky enough to be able to share this lovely book with my young readers before we had to go our separate ways because of the Cornonavirus. One of the things that they all noticed is how the mom' pregnancy becomes more and more apparent until finally the last illustration brings readers back to green spring and mom holding with a new baby. I read this book a number of times to them and we has a lot of fun naming colors and counting things we found in the book.

Dianne White has a wonderful Activity Kit that you can be used with or without a copy of Green on Green and you can download it HERE. I printed copies for my kiddos to take home with them and bring back whenever we meet again in to future. I'm excited to see what they do with it.

Green on Green is a lovely, joyful book that is perfect for young readers. If you are home schooling during this time, pair it with Blue on Blue, another book by Dianne White that has been a favorite of my young readers for a while now.

This book is recommended for readers age 4+
This book was gratefully received from Barabara Fisch at Blue Slip Media 

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