If you had told me that one of my favorite new picture books would have no plot and feature one color, I wouldn’t have believed you, but I’ve been wrong before. Green, the new picture book by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, is lush like a forest – and beautiful like a spring day when all kinds of green things are popping up. Seeger’s book reminded me of how much green there is on our lives – for example, limes, peas and jungles.
Sometimes concept books are really clever and beautiful, but they are kind of like jokes for adults in movies for toddlers. These are picture books that adults find really cool and inventive, but then I show them to kids and they don’t get it. Kids can always spot the book (or the movie) that is truly for them – and this one is. It’s spring, a perfect time to see – and read – Green.