Little Green

Little Green

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by Keith Baker
     
 

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A little green hummingbird is flying through a sunny garden, leaving a
path for sharp eyes to follow. An artist is watching-and painting what he sees! With a playful, rhyming text and vibrant collage illustrations, Keith Baker captures all the energy and excitement of a hummingbird's flight in this engaging picture book just right for young readers and artists. 11

Overview

A little green hummingbird is flying through a sunny garden, leaving a
path for sharp eyes to follow. An artist is watching-and painting what he sees! With a playful, rhyming text and vibrant collage illustrations, Keith Baker captures all the energy and excitement of a hummingbird's flight in this engaging picture book just right for young readers and artists. 11 X 9. separate

Author Biography: KEITH BAKER is the creator of many acclaimed picture books, including Who Is the Beast?, Hide and Snake, and most recently, Quack and Count. He enjoys watching all the birds that visit his little green garden in Seattle, Washington.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The ruby-throated hummingbird takes center stage in Baker's (Quack and Count) gorgeous full-bleed spreads of cut- paper collage. "Little Green" is the nickname given the bird by the narrator, an aspiring young artist who raptly follows the flitting creature from his desk by an open window: "I see you out there, Little Green/ In the flowers and between,/ Zipping round and round and round,/ Jigging, jagging, down up down." For much of the book, however, Baker leaves the painter behind, concentrating instead on the graceful bird as it siphons nectar from the flowers or quenches its thirst with a single drop of water from a garden hose. The collages glow with a lovely translucence that captures the feel of a sunlit garden and the evanescence of the hummingbird's mesmerizing movements (a few swift strokes of white telegraph the rapid beating of the bird's emerald wings). Subtle touches prove that Baker knows his audience: a caterpillar appears in every illustration, and the hero's brushstrokes record the bird's flight patterns. In the final pages, Baker gives his narrator a reward: the bird hovers right outside the window, pausing long enough to discern that the protagonist's scarlet paintbrush is not another flower. The fellow covers his mouth in amazement, but his wide-eyed look speaks volumes about the thrill of being so close to one of nature's wonders. Ages 2-5. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Parenting magazine
"Lyrical read-aloud rhymes and rainbow-bright collages ...capture your child's delight in the little things." —Keith Baker
Children's Literature
A bright green and red hummingbird named Little Green is the star of this board book; although sharp-eyed kids will also find the little caterpillar hidden in most of the pictures. Young ones not familiar with these amazing birds will learn that they dart about at great speed and rarely take a straight path. Hummingbirds have another unusual skill, they can hover. The young boy watching Little Green seems to be drawing, but it is not until the very end that we see his interpretation of the hummingbird's antics. There is a lot to enjoy in the brightly colored illustrations and a white stroke on the page shows Little Green's peripatetic path through the flower garden and in the sky. 2005 (orig. 2001), Red Wagon Books/Harcourt, Ages 6 mo. to 3.
—Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-A boy with paints, paper, and a paintbrush in hand watches a small green hummingbird as it darts here and there, drinking nectar from the flowers outside his window. The rhyming text describes the hummingbird's journey in a few brief words. At the end, the boy says, "I wonder if you see me, too? Well, I've been busy watching you-And painting how you flew and flew!" The last illustration shows the boy's canvas, with curlicues and jagged lines and loops representing the bird's flight. Baker is an interesting and inspired artist who employs varied techniques in his work. Here, he has used colorful cut-paper collage in a style somewhat reminiscent of the work of Denise Fleming. In addition to the frenetic motion of Little Green, a tiny caterpillar also appears on each spread, observing the proceedings. The end result is a bright and beautiful book with a rather slight story. Libraries that can use a striking book on hummingbirds should definitely consider it. It also might provide some impetus to beginning artists, but it is not an essential purchase.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Child Magazine
A Child Magazine Best Book of 2001 Pick

Jewel-toned cut-paper collages serve up a sumptuous feast for the eyes as a young artist tries to capture a hummingbird's erratic flight ("stopping, starting, dashing, darting, zigging, zagging everywhere") on paper.

Kirkus Reviews
A young artist observes a hummingbird named Little Green that flits from flower to flower outside the boy's window. Baker (Quack and Count, 1999, etc.) creates brilliantly-colored cut-paper collages to illustrate the simple storyline following Little Green's flights of fancy around the boy's yard, told in lighthearted rhyming couplets with just a few words in large type on each page. He shows Little Green's flight path with sketchy swirls of white paint swooping across vibrant turquoise-blue skies and lots of bright red and fuchsia-pink blossoms favored by hummingbirds. Baker's collages in this book are very similar in style to those of Eric Carle, and alert children will delight in searching for the tiny caterpillar camouflaged on every page or spread (perhaps a tip of the artist's beret to the master of collage picture-book illustration, from his heir apparent). Continuing glimpses of the boy with his sketch pad and paint brushes lead the reader to expect a hummingbird painting by the young artist on the last page, but the artistic punch line is the boy's multi-colored interpretation of the bird's zigzagging flight patterns. This simple, satisfying story will work well with two- and three-year-olds right up to first-graders, and the large full-page and full-spread illustrations and lively text make this a fine choice for story hours with bird or artist themes. (Picture book. 2-6)

From the Publisher

"Speaks volumes about the thrill of being so close to one of nature's wonders."--Publishers Weekly

"Not only a fun book about gardens and hummingbirds, but a license for children to create untraditional art."--Boston Herald

"Baker's illustrations are a treat."--The Seattle Times

Parenting magazine - Keith Baker

"Lyrical read-aloud rhymes and rainbow-bright collages ...capture your child's delight in the little things."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152928599
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.27(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
1 - 5 Years

Meet the Author


KEITH BAKER is the creator of many acclaimed picture books, including Who Is the Beast?, Hide and Snake, and Big Fat Hen. He enjoys watching all the birds that visit his little green garden in Seattle, Washington.

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Little Green 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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we would not recommend buying from B&N online, after seeing their summer clearance on children's books about a month ago, B&N did not ship a majority of our purchase. It took nearly a month to ship just a partial order. we would have loved to read this book for our daughter, but B&N cancelled their sale price and our order.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
My 2-year-old daughter LOVES this book. I got it because it has bright illustrations and we are learning our colors right now. But she quickly figured out that there is a caterpillar on each page along with Little Green 'the hummingbird'. So every night we spend a good while looking for that ever-elusive caterpillar and congratulate ourselves when we find him. Kind of like a Where's Waldo for toddlers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Little green has quickly beome a favorite in our home. Both boys (8 and 2) enjoy the action words and the colorful pictures. Each page also has a hidden little caterpillar to find which is a fun aspect as well.