Cynthia Frazier


Outstanding, Toddler, Preschool, Primary, Marie Lamba And Baldev Lamba, Sonia Sanchez, Stories In Rhyme, Community Gardens, Fiction, City Life, Picture Book

Document Type

Book Review


‘Green green, fresh and clean’ describes the country where smiling children play in lush grass while birds sing and butterflies flit from flower to flower. ‘Brown, brown dig the ground’ describes what happens as bulldozers encroach as the city grows and tall buildings are built. Soon there is not much left of the green space but a garbage filled weedy empty lot. But with an idea of ‘working together’ to clean out the trash a beautiful place is created in the neighborhood. Green spaces spread from a small community park and garden space to spots of flowers and plants next to buildings, on terraces, window sills and rooftops. ‘Green green, keep it clean’ inspires all people of all ages and races to make a difference in the world we live in. The last pages of the book share ideas about the creation of community gardens, the importance of bees and butterflies and how to make simple butterfly decorations.