Those Green Things by Kathy Stinson

This is a book by Canadian author Kathy Stinson, who also wrote a favourite of mine called Red is Best. This humourous book uses the same repetitive rhythm, which is great for either reading aloud or for older children who are starting to read by themselves.

The story has the main character finding green things and asking what they are (over and over and over!) and on the next page is shown what she had imagined the green things to be- lizards, monsters, green beans etc.

The illustrations are done with watercolours and are wacky and wild, going along perfectly with the story. The bright colours and interesting shapes would catch anyone eye, and Betteridge has thrown in many little details that kids will have a fun time looking for and pointing out. My favourite illustrations are the monster wearing ballet shoes in the closet, and on another page the cat is holding up a scorecard while the little girl balances on her bed.

This book would be perfect for a unit on colours for the younger children or on imagination for the older children. A classic book that would make a great addition to anyone’s library.

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