Disclosure: I was given a copy of Little Green for an honest review. All opinions expressed are mine.
How do you speak to your children about accepting who they are and who others are? Arnold Rudnick’s book, Little Green, can be one tool that you use for discussions such as these.
Little Green, written by Arnold and illustrated by Marcelo Gorenman, is the story of a frog (Little Green) who wants to be special. He goes on a journey where he tries to fly like a goose, run like a horse, and swim like a koi, only to be told that it is not possible for him to do any of those things. Feeling rejected, he returns home to be taught a valuable lesson: he has to be himself first before he can realize his potential to be special.
I think this is an adorable book for children of many ages: those who cannot read but like to be read to, those who are learning to read/are reading, and those who could use reassurance that it is OK for them to be who they are. Little Green shows children that it is OK to accept each other, even if someone does not look like them or act like them, and that they can be accepted if they feel as if they are different from others.
The text is in rhyme, having a lovely cadence when read aloud. The illustrations are wonderful and vivid, and will hold a child’s attention. They also really help set the stage for the story, and the expressions of the characters convey what is happening on each page. Although many children will enjoy all aspects of this book, the author’s website, www.espete.com, indicates that the book is targeted for children ages 2 through 8.
The paperback book is 6 inches by 9 inches, so it’s easy to throw in a diaper bag or purse, and it consists of 26 pages of text, so it’s easy to carry with you and for little hands to hold. Little Green also is available electronic format.
What others on amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com have to say about Little Green:
“Little Green is a very cute story for young children. It is just the right length to keep them interested from beginning to end. The moral of the story is a good lesson for any child to learn. The illustrations are simple and not overdone, and the story has a nice flow. My 4 year old daughter loves “reading” Little Green all by herself. I recommend this book for ages 2 to 5.”
“The illustrations are amazing and the message is important and timeless. I have given this book as a gift many times and will continue doing so. Everyone (kids and adult) love the read.”
“This one of the best children’s books I’ve read in a while. Dr. Seuss is smiling down…Can’t wait to see his (Arnold Rudnick’s) next book!”
“This is a terrific book to read with your kids at bedtime or anytime for that matter. The story is relatable for young (under 7) but it also carries a message in which we adults can empathize.”
Please come back tomorrow to read an interview with Arnold, and, as always, please feel free to leave a comment to this post. Any comments will be shared with Arnold.