GreenBean: True Blue Family

GreenBean180801648GreenBean:  True Blue Family

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. 

About Patricia Tiltonhttps://childrensbooksheal.wordpress.comI want "Children's Books Heal" to be a resource for parents, grandparents, teachers and school counselors. My goal is to share books on a wide range of topics that have a healing impact on children who are facing challenges in their lives. If you are looking for good books on grief, autism, visual and hearing impairments, special needs, diversity, bullying, military families and social justice issues, you've come to the right place. I also share books that encourage art, imagination and creativity. I am always searching for those special gems to share with you. If you have a suggestion, please let me know.

28 thoughts on “GreenBean: True Blue Family

  1. What a lovely message in this unique book. I love that it takes her blind brother to show her it’s not how you look that matters, but the love one finds in each other. Very special that message. It is different people, different families that make a world. (I have a book I will review soon that also has that message) Thanks for sharing another heart book, Pat.

  2. Nisse Press is a new name to me.

    We certainly have room for many more great picture books on these issues, Pat, and this one sounds like the message is accessible to very young children.

  3. This sounds like such an excellent, gentle way to talk about the issue of families that don’t “match” the families around them. Thank you so much for sharing this book with us! You find some wonderful books, Pat!

  4. This book would have been a blessing to my family too. Two of my four children are adopted. Wonderful thoughts of differences and people who are alike. We all make up the human race, and the differences make us unique and the world wonderful!!

  5. What kind and thoughtful comments. As I get messages from readers, I am learning that it is a universal message that they relate to. One college student told me “You get it. I am not like my parents even though they think I am just like them”. We are all a bit like GreenBean.

    • Elizabeth, there are many thoughtful messages from authors, teachers, parents, and librarians. One librarian shared the review with 7 other librarians. I’m pleased for you. Your story has a very universal message. I found it interesting how people related in different ways. I hope your book reaches a lot of kids. – Pat

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