Gabby and Grandma Go Green

Gabby and Grandma Go Green

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by Monica Wellington
     
 

When Gabby and Grandma get together, "Green Day" means "Fun Day." From sewing their own cloth bags and buying vegetables at the Farmers' Market to recycling their bottles, these two know how to have a good time while doing good things for the earth.

The illustrations in Monica Wellington's popsicle-bright palette-enhanced with myriad shades of green-result in a

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When Gabby and Grandma get together, "Green Day" means "Fun Day." From sewing their own cloth bags and buying vegetables at the Farmers' Market to recycling their bottles, these two know how to have a good time while doing good things for the earth.

The illustrations in Monica Wellington's popsicle-bright palette-enhanced with myriad shades of green-result in a perfectly "green" addition to her books for the very young.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this earnest picture book, carrot-top Gabby spends a day with her grandmother celebrating the environment. They sew their own reusable grocery bags, visit a farmer's market, and check out books about "save the Earth" projects from the library. Gabby and Grandma's activities are rendered in sunny gouache and photo collage, while tips and reminders about protecting the planet appear on sidewalks, signs, and in border art ("Save those scraps for compost," shouts a recurring mouse character who, with his megaphone, comes across as just a little hectoring). Though the overall effect is rather instructional, Wellington energetically weaves an optimistic green message into an urban backdrop. Ages 3–5. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1—This simple book about recycling, reusing, and reducing is so focused on getting its message across that it ends up being dry and rather dull. Gabby and her grandmother spend a day together, first making cloth bags, then shopping, recycling, picnicking, and talking about other things they can do to preserve the environment. The ideas are not new, and the characters are not well developed. The illustrations are flat—people appear like paper dolls, without personality. On most pages a tiny mouse with a megaphone repeats the lesson illustrated, such as "Not a plastic bag in sight," or "Let's recycle glass, plastic, and paper." Unfortunately, it is not engaging enough to distract from the preachiness of its messages. Janet S. Wong's The Dumpster Diver (Candlewick, 2007), Melanie Walsh's 10 Things I Can Do to Help My World (Candlewick, 2008), or any of the recent titles about Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai, such as Janet Winter's Wangari's Trees of Peace (Harcourt, 2008); Dona Napoli's Mama Miti (S & S, 2010); or Claire A. Nivola's Planting the Trees of Kenya (Farrar, 2008) are better choices.—Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME
Kirkus Reviews

When Gabby comes to visit her grandmother, they give their day a green focus, reusing, returning, refilling and recycling. With shopping bags they made from Grandma's old dress, they carry plastic bottles to the supermarket for recycling and purchase a few groceries. Going on to a farmer's market, they buy local fruits and vegetables, cheese, bread and cookies and get an egg carton refilled. They make sandwiches to take to picnic in the park. Finally they visit the library to look for books with more "save the Earth projects." Naturally, they walk everywhere, in an urban neighborhood with a community garden, secondhand stores, signs extolling mass transit, a library advertising the author's books and a post office displaying 20-cent bird stamps. The cheerful illustrations are painted in gouache, with clean lines and simple shapes. Details cut from color photographs provide collage accents. Some illustrations are full bleed; others are in boxes, like the straightforward text. These are surrounded by sketches of relevant objects, providing plenty for a pre-reader to identify. There are further ideas for going green, and a cartoon mouse adds comments and suggestions. The book will conclude with instructions for sewing a cloth bag, green activities and a list of green websites, none seen by reviewer. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525422143
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
03/03/2011
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
877,534
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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