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

©2001
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm
Summary:
A young boy paints the flight of a hummingbird as it zips, loops, and zigzags around his garden.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
NP Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 1.5 1 Quiz: 24646 Guided reading level: NR.
ISBN:
9780152928599
Format :
Book

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Summary

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.


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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

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.) (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.