The Whole Green World

Written by Tony Johnston
Illustrated by Elisa Kleven


Farrar,  Straus and  Giroux,  2005

 

“ Amid swirls of brightly colored birds, bugs, seeds, leaves, wild creatures, buildings, and people, a child ties 
her shoes, then goes out to plant, nurture, and spread a garden -- all to the tune of Johnston’s song-like 
verses: “I’ve got a little pair of shoes./(How I love my little shoes)/Got a little pair of shoes/to dance the 
whole green world.” Young children will happily dance along -- if they can tear themselves away from 
Kleven’s paint and decorated paper collages, that is."
 -- Kirkus 

 

“This could be the happiest book this side of spring!”
 --Children’s Literature 

 

“Johnston’s language is playful and reads aloud smoothly...kids could spend hours just looking at everything

in the pictures.” -- School Library Journal