Elizabeth Blake, author and illustrator
Nisse Press, LLC, Fiction, 2012
Suitable for: Ages 4 and up
Themes: Adoption, Different Families, Identity, Visual Impairment
Opening/Synopsis: “Oh No! Green Bean thought. Maybe I don’t belong in this family. I am green. They are blue.” GreenBean one days realizes that she doesn’t look like the other members of her family. She has long ears and they have short ears. She frets about all the differences and compares herself to her friend Anna who is the same color as her family. It isn’t until GreenBean’s blind brother is surprised by her statement and offers her a new perspective of family. GreenBean begins to see the diversity among her friends. And, she learns that being loved and accepted by her blue family is what counts.
What I like about this book: This is the first book written and illustrated by Elizabeth Blake. The language is simply written as are her bold and colorful illustrations. Both my children are adopted and struggled with identity issues and feeling different. I would have welcomed her book. In today’s world, there are many different kinds of families — divorced, single-parent, foster, mixed multicultural and ethnic, and gay families. Blake’s excellent book helps children understand diversity is part of who we are globally. Otherwise we’d be pretty boring. Blake’s credits her blind brother “who taught her that sight is not necessary for insight.” He has been inspiration to her in learning about uniqueness and differences. Visit Elizabeth Blake at her website.
This book has been provided to me free of charge by the author in exchange for an honest review of the work.