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Little Green
Baker, Keith, 1953-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt, [2001]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm
A young boy paints the flight of a hummingbird as it zips, loops, and zigzags around his garden.
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 1.5 1 Quiz: 24646 Guided reading level: NR.
Format :


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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.

Author Notes

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.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. A young boy watches as a hummingbird flitters about in his garden, "going, coming, softly humming, stopping, starting, dashing, darting" as it zig-zags its way among the flowers. As the bird hovers by the windowsill, the boy wonders if it sees him too. Claiming, "Well I've been busy watching you--And painting how you flew and flew," the boy presents his own colorful zig-zag painting of the bird's flight. Filled with simple, active words and printed in large type suitable for beginning readers, the rhyming text captures the bird's exciting energy, which is extended in Baker's bright collage pictures of a colorful garden enjoyed by both the bird and the boy. The large double spreads will show well for group readings, and the boy's artwork can inspire young artists by illustrating how easily one can capture nature's beauty. --Helen Rosenberg

Publisher's Weekly Review

In a starred review of Little Green by Keith Baker, published in 2001 and newly available in a board book edition, PW wrote, "The collages glow with a lovely translucence that captures the feel of a sunlit garden and the evanescence of the [titular] hummingbird's mesmerizing movements." (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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