greenlingMr. Barleycorn finds what looks like a giant artichoke under a railroad trestle near his remote Australian farmhouse and comes home with a bright green baby. His wife is wary, but Barleycorn takes it in, nurtures it, and it becomes part of its natural world until fall when it disappears. Melons twine through the kitchen, apples grow in the living room, and grass sprouts from the phone. Nature runs wild – the greenling is nature’s bounty personified. A haunting final double-page spread shows wind turbines instead of power lines and grass and flowers growing, but no humans. The intricately detailed, surreal watercolor and gouache paintings include Australian animals and the rhyming text will certainly invite discussion. mjw
Title: Greenling
Author: Levi Pinfold
: Levi Pinfold
: Templar Books, and imprint of Candlewick
: 2016
Original Language
: English
Original Copyright
: 2015
: 978-0-7636-7598-1
Hardcover pages
: 40
Age range
: 9 up
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Australia
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: Cornwall, England
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s residence
: Cornwall, England
: Author/illustrator has won 2013 Kate Greenaway Medal
: Ecology, Fable, Fantasy, Fruit, Nature stories, New baby, Science, Vegetables, Vegetation

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