Our Green City (Hardcover)

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By Tanya Lloyd Kyi, Colleen Larmour (Illustrator)
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With art supplies in tow, a young boy explores the urban forest near his home, then interprets what he sees with his art. The boy is a keen observer who uses poetic, rhythmic language to describe the diversity he finds through all four seasons. His forest is both “fluffy” and “prickly,” “dense” and “sparse,” “crispy” and “soft.” It’s also “scattered and soggy, and spotted and foggy.” His forest is made up of many colors — but he decides that “mostly it’s green.” Each aspect of the forest inspires the boy to create a different kind of art: charcoal rubbing, rock art, photography, sponge painting, snow sculpture, cut-paper collage. To this artist, there’s always something new to discover, and to capture!

In this delightful picture book, Darren Lebeuf, an award-winning photographer, encourages small children to look closer at and appreciate the nature that surrounds them. And by providing such a broad range of ideas for artistic expression, it’s sure to awaken the nature artist in every child. Bright, deeply textured illustrations by Ashley Barron bring the forest and the boy’s artworks to vivid life. This story provides an excellent depiction of nature-based education in an outdoor classroom. The specificity of the concrete and abstract adjectives used in the text works as a perfect complement to primary science lessons on investigating, comparing and identifying the physical characteristics of plants and animals. This book also makes for an enjoyable, lyrical read-aloud.

About the Author

Tanya Lloyd Kyi is the author of more than twenty-five books for children and adults, including This Is Your Brain on Stereotypes, Under Pressure and Mya's Strategy to Save the World. Tanya lives with her husband and two teenagers in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Colleen Larmour is a picture-book maker from Northern Ireland, where she lives with her family. She studied at Liverpool School of Art and Design and on the master's course in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. Colleen has illustrated several books including Our Green City (Kids Can Press) and Making Friends (Walker Books).

Praise For…

A must-read primer for change.—Kirkus Reviews, starred review (Praise for This Is Your Brain on Stereotypes)

Overall, a light, positive take on urban community and sustainability.—Booklist

Exemplifying urban diversity and ecological harmony, this city will garner return visits from green-keen readers.—Kirkus Reviews

A worthwhile purchase ... that will help readers recognize, understand, and eradicate stereotypes.—School Library Journal (Praise for This Is Your Brain on Stereotypes)

Alongside Drew Shannon's colourful illustrations [Lloyd Kyi] encapsulates key sociological and scientific research on racism and stereotyping.—New York Times (Praise for This Is Your Brain on Stereotypes)

A great guide for all shelves, and a recommended purchase.—School Library Journal

... this book may just inspire town planners and architects of the future.—The Irish Independent Newspaper

In a sense ... it is not just a book about sustainable development but also about community-building and communal responsibility.—CM Magazine

Product Details
ISBN: 9781525304385
ISBN-10: 1525304380
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2022
Pages: 32
Language: English