Written and Illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
How many kinds of green are there? There’s the lush green of a forest on a late spring day, the fresh, juicy green of a just-cut lime, the incandescent green of a firefly, and the vivid aquamarine of a tropical sea. In her newest book, Caldecott and Geisel Honor Book author Laura Vaccaro Seeger fashions an homage to a single color and, in doing so, creates a book that will delight and, quite possibly astonish you.
Primary Source Pairing:
Green was a Caldecott Honor Book of 2013, and greenery is the Pantone color for 2017. Using intricately placed cut outs on the pages of this book, creator Laura Vaccaro Seeger creates a continuum of green. And it’s lovely. For this primary source pairing, invite students to study color, specifically green. How does the use of the various shades of green contribute to the theme and feel of this book? Use an analysis of the Pantone 2017 Color of the Year card and a color wheel to begin the visual literacy experience this book provides.
Questions for Discussion:
- What do you notice first?
- Consider the colors in this book.
- Find corresponding colors on the color wheel.
- How does the color green make you feel?
- Do different shades of green make you feel differently?
- Find your favorite color on the color wheel. Where is green in comparison?
- If creator Laura Vaccaro Seeger were to create another book about a color, what color would you like it to be?
- Brainstorm what you could include in that color’s book.