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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE GREEN?

Author: Rana DiOrio

Illustrator: Chris Blair

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Publisher: Little Pickle Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: With a question and answer format, readers discover the many definitions of green, and what it means from an ecological point of view. This picture book about global awareness is also an exceptional easy reader.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, learning to read, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 5 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 1

Age of Child: Read by an 8-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: Our daughter laughed at many of the questions ... she liked the different interpretations (like feeling sick in the car) and loved the illustrations.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a fun, engaging way to not only help kids with global awareness, but also to show them what idioms are. I love the feel of these books and the simplicity with which they present complex ideas.

Pros: Simple text combine with humor and great illustrations to help kids understand "green" in all its many forms.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a wonderful book to share with young kids and it will grow with your reader as they enter elementary school and learn to read on their own.

If You Liked This Book, Try: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE GLOBAL?   MICHAEL RECYCLE   STUFF! REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE

Educational Themes: This is a fun book to share "just because" or to draw out lessons about conservation, ecology, and how language is used.

Notes: See a video of the book on YouTube.
The author donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Winner: Gold - Mom's Choice Awards, Children's Picture Book (Green Earth category)

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, ecology, language, easy reader

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2010

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