Review Blog

Jul 10 2013

Green as a bean by Alison Lester

cover image

Allen and Unwin, 2013. ISBN 9781 74331 547 7.
(Age: Pre school) Warmly recommended. Picture book. Colours. In rhythmic and rhyming sentences, Alison Lester gives children an introduction to some of the world of colours using comparisons which any child will recognise. Green as a bean and red as an apple, pink like a jelly or a jar of strawberry jam are all similes the child will know and take delight in recalling when having this book read to them. Children will readily learn the words because of the rhyme and simple comparisons, neatly represented in the unadorned illustrations. Children will learn their colours, recognising them once the book is finished, and pick up the book again to rehearse and learn them over, easily holding the board book in their hands.
This is one of a group of four books by Lester, the series called, Read Along with Alison Lester. A second in the series, is One clucky hen (ISBN 1 74331 548 4) which uses the same techniques, rhyming sentences, rhythmic prose, simple illustrations, this time teaching the young child its numbers from one clucky hen to ten yellow ducklings. Some the things listed will be familiar to the young child, and they will learn some more things about what these animals do, and the noise made by some of them. The idea of counting is reiterated throughout the book, asking the child to add some of things together.
Fran Knight

Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
2017 Children's Peace Literature Award Short List
Inkys Awards 2017
2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award
2017 NSW Premier's History Awards
The Queensland Literary Awards 2017
CBCA Awards 2017 winners
Environment Award for Children's Literature 2017
Speech Pathology shortlist 2017
2017 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals
2017 Branford Boase Award
2017 UKLA Book Awards

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2016
South Australian Christian Schools Conference 2016 - Library Displays
Display calendars
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Bookmark and poster templates