Green on Green

by Dianne White (Author) Felicita Sala (Illustrator)

Green on Green
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Discover the joys of nature, seasons, family--and the vibrant colors of them all--in this lyrical picture book from the author of the acclaimed Blue on Blue.

A child is on a colorful journey through the seasons, filled with yellow flowers and blue coral in spring and summer and orange pumpkins and green pine forests in fall and winter. All the while, there is another colorful change on the horizon--the birth of a new sibling.

With gentle, rhyming text and vivid artwork, this book is a heartfelt celebration of family, nature, seasons, colors, and the wonder and magic of them all.

Publishers Weekly

Starred Review

"Lemonade petals./ Sunflakes between./ Lemonade, sunflakes, and yellow on green." Sala (What's Cooking at 10 Garden Street?) anchors this serene, incantatory poem by White (Who Eats Orange?) with a family--mother, father, child, all with brown skin and black hair--she follows through the seasons. With feather-light economy, White's musical language ("Gentle the breezes./ Rain between./ Breezes and rain and yellow on green") combines color and sensation. In watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil, soft lines and saturated hues mark each new season: an apple harvest for fall, a snow-laden spruce for winter. As the weather grows colder ("Cinnamon spice./ Almond between./ Cinnamon, almond, and brown on green"), it becomes clear that the family is expecting a baby. Rolling winter farmland signals space and peace; the family gathers with others to sing carols, and the child lays a hand on their mother's stomach with a smile. Soon, the mother and an infant are visible through the house's window. White's words beat at the same slow pace as time lived by the seasons, and Sala's paintings celebrate lives immersed in nature's wealth. Ages 4-8. Author's agent: Jennifer Rofé, Andrea Brown Literary. Illustrator's agent: Kirsten Hall, Catbird Productions. (Mar.)

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1--"Yellow the flower./Yellow the seed./Yellow and black the buzzing bee." Starting in the spring, this gentle verse story follows a small boy, his family, and their friends over the course of one year. Each season brings its own cozy delights, lushly depicted in Sala's colorful spreads. Whether it's the child playing in puddles and enjoying spring flowers, exploring the beach and picnicking with family and friends in the summer, savoring autumnal repasts, or caroling in the winter, each scene brims with love, warmth, and rural tranquility. Sharp-eyed readers will enjoy finding elements repeated throughout--a striped lighthouse in the background, the family's horse and dog, different views of the boy's house, the mother's growing belly, and the appearance of a new baby in early spring. Both the mixed media illustrations and White's pithy verses highlight the special colors of each season, with a soothing refrain of "[color] on green"--yellow in spring, blue in summer, brown in autumn, finally white in winter. VERDICT A quietly comforting celebration of family and nature that can enrich most collections.--Yelena Voysey, formerly at Pickering Educational Library, Boston University

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Dianne White
Dianne White lives in Gilbert, Arizona, with her family. She is the author of Who Eats Orange?, Blue on Blue, Green on Green, and Dark on Light.

Felicita Sala is a self-taught illustrator and painter. She has a degree in philosophy from the University of Western Australia. She now lives and works in Rome. She draws inspiration from nature, children, mid-century illustration, folk art, and architecture.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Beach Lane Books
Publication date
March 20, 2020
BISAC categories
JUV029000 - Juvenile Fiction | Nature & the Natural World | General
JUV009020 - Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Colors
JUV057000 - Juvenile Fiction | Stories in Verse (see also Poetry)
JUV009100 - Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Seasons
JUV013040 - Juvenile Fiction | Family | New Baby
Library of Congress categories
Stories in rhyme

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