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The Little Green Girl
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The Little Green Girl
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A heartwarming and wildly imaginative tale about broadening your horizons, with a wonderfully unique father-daughter pair at the root of the story.The Little Green Girl is no ordinary topiary. She...
A heartwarming and wildly imaginative tale about broadening your horizons, with a wonderfully unique father-daughter pair at the root of the story.The Little Green Girl is no ordinary topiary. She...
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  • A heartwarming and wildly imaginative tale about broadening your horizons, with a wonderfully unique father-daughter pair at the root of the story.
    The Little Green Girl is no ordinary topiary. She dreams of visiting far off places and exploring the world beyond her garden's walls. But for her gardener, Mr. Aster, the prospect of deviating from his daily routine—let alone leaving his beloved home—is unimaginable. Try as she might, the Little Green Girl can't uproot herself and set off on her own. To realize her dream, she'll have to find a way to show Mr. Aster that it's possible to carry a bit of home with you wherever you go.
    Lushly illustrated and brimming with charm, The Little Green Girl is an ode to broadening your horizons and the unexpected rewards of experiencing the unknown.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    February 11, 2019
    Mr. Aster, a peaceful gardener dressed in a sweater vest and cap, doesn’t like his routine disrupted. Even so, he welcomes a “Little Green Girl”—a seedling—into his care. She sprouts in the greenhouse, and Mr. Aster plants the girl in his walled garden as a topiary. Anchin gently anthropomorphizes the green girl: she has a pineapplelike face and head, leafy limbs, and a shaggy green skirt. When birds visit and tell her of all the sights to be seen beyond the gates, she longs to travel. At last, she convinces Mr. Aster to leave their roots behind, replanting herself in a pot, and the two explore a beach, a forest, a city park, and a desert before returning to the garden. Anchin provides an uplifting message about growing up, leaving comfort zones, embracing opportunities—and the pleasures of travel and home. Ages 3–5.

  • Kirkus

    February 15, 2019
    A girl plant, nurtured from a wind-borne seed, helps a homebody gardener branch out and see the world.Habit-loving Mr. Aster has an abiding love for garden, greenhouse, and home. "But tending a new seed fit nicely into Mr. Aster's routine." Soon, the growing plant achieves a personified sentience--and a gender, courtesy of an omniscient narrator. Mr. Aster, who is white, transplants the Little Green Girl and tells her about "their world." In the walled garden among free-form trees and shrubs, the Little Green Girl is a faceless, leafy figure with a sunflowerlike crown and short, flared skirt accented with orange-yellow blossoms. She enjoys dog Basil and the garden's squirrels and rabbits, but migrating birds, regaling her with their travels, induce wanderlust. Mr. Aster thwarts her attempts to leave, pruning her vining stems and (oddly) bandaging the roots she tries to pull up. Determined, she enjoins the animals to help her dig herself up and confronts Mr. Aster, appearing before him transplanted into a pot, wearing sunglasses. Man, dog, and plant set off, with Anchin's amusing full-bleed and spot illustrations (in acryla gouache and pencil) placing them in tropical, desert, and urban settings. Travel broadens Mr. Aster: He plants succulents and palms, and he even initiates the trio's next trip.Those who can get behind the Little Green Girl's faceless anthropomorphism might find the gambols of this quasi-father-daughter team diverting. (Picture book. 4-7)

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  • School Library Journal

    May 31, 2019

    PreS-Gr 2-Mr. Aster, an accomplished and methodical gardener, is caught by surprise one day as an unusual seed blows into his garden. Given his natural propensity to cultivate and nurture plant life, Mr. Aster tends the seed with extreme care. As days pass, he is delightfully surprised as the seed grows into a little green girl shrub, which he plants in a place of prominence in his beautiful garden. Life is happy for Mr. Aster, the green girl, and all of the garden's wildlife until the little girl grows wistful after hearing the animals' stories of life beyond the garden. Reluctantly, Mr. Aster takes the little green girl on a trip beyond their garden walls, where they are introduced to a world of wonder and geographic diversity. This is a touching story of friendship, courage, and adventure. Mr. Aster is content with his settled and private life until the young girl enters his world. He stretches out of his comfort zone and discovers things and places that enrich his quality of life. The gouache and pencil illustrations are robust and colorful, depicting a lush and thriving environment. The illustrations are joyful and rich, supporting yet contrasting with the text and suggesting that there may be even more to experience in life if one takes the risk. VERDICT A magical story of connection that exudes a love of nature, life, and adventure.-Amy Shepherd, St. Anne's Episcopal School, Middleton, DE

    Copyright 2019 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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