THE WHOLE GREEN WORLD
Written by Tony Johnston, Illustrated by Elisa Kleven
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005
After putting on her red shoes, a girl and her shaggy dog set out to plant the whole world. During the course of their imaginary journey they have many helpers - birds, insects, and sun among them - and then return home to wait for the magic of spring. A catchy and rhythmic poem and collages infused with a riot of detail and color make this the perfect book for those who cherish all the things that beautify the earth.
“ 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."
“This could be the happiest book this side of spring!”
“Johnston’s language is playful and reads aloud smoothly...kids could spend hours just looking at everything in the pictures.” -- School Library Journal